Our people are leaders in the fields of human genetics, sociology, mathematics, history, evolutionary biology, English literature and psychology, from the nations most prestigous institutions. About a third come from a computational modeling background who are interested in identifying and modeling knowledge generation and transmission processes. The remaining two thirds take the long view of science and scholarship and bring their expertise into meaningful conversations and research on topics that are of interest to them and to the Lab as a whole.

In the Limelight

Clara del Junco

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago

My research interests include characterizing and promoting diversity in scientific research, and the importance of language and social context in science--how concepts flow and meaning changes between scientific fields and popular discourse.

Before joining the Knowledge Lab in autumn 2020, I did a PhD in theoretical chemistry in the Vaikuntanathan lab at the University of Chicago. My thesis explored how consuming energy allows biological and physical systems to adapt and operate robustly in noisy environments. 

Personal website:

Read More

Simon Shachter

Graduate Student, University of Chicago

Simon Yamawaki Shachter is a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago Sociology Department. He is interested in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, especially how public and private systems of funding alter field-level outcomes. He utilizes historical, statistical, and computational tools to understand how public and private efforts to serve the public good influence each other. He is particularly drawn to research that exposes when these, often well-intentioned, efforts work to perpetuate certain forms of inequality while seeking to alleviate others. 

Prior to coming to the University of Chicago, Simon received a B.S. in Computer Science at Stanford University. In the Bay Area he worked for several private philanthropic foundations and founded YCore, a San Francisco-based non-profit that brings young professionals together to support equity-building work in their local communities.

Read More