Likun Cao

Graduate Student, University of Chicago

I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student in the sociology department at the University of Chicago. My research interests are sociology of knowledge and organizational study, and I use computational tools to explore those fields. Specifically, I am interested in the interaction between the economic structures and the human knowledge system. How are technological and cultural knowledge produced in modern capitalism? And how does this knowledge reshape the institutional background where it comes from? In my research, I try to trace the social processes and mechanisms of this interaction.

Before coming to Chicago, I received a B.A. and an M.A. in sociology from Tsinghua University, China. My previous work concerns the social network of venture capital firms in China and the dynamics of its evolution. Currently, at knowledge lab, I apply word embedding techniques on data about business strategies of start-ups in the U.S., trying to figure out how the business landscape is formed and transformed by technological innovation, and how this social process on the macro level shapes social lives and division of labor of millions of employers and employees.