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Noshir Contractor

Jane & William White Professor of Behavioral Sciences


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech D241
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Research Interests

Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management and Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University.

Professor Contractor has been at the forefront of three emerging interdisciplines: network science, computational social science and web science. He is investigating how social and knowledge networks form – and perform - in contexts including business, scientific communities, healthcare and space travel.  His research has been funded continuously for 25 years by the U.S. National Science Foundation with additional funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, DARPA, Army Research Laboratory and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

His book Theories of Communication Networks (co-authored with Peter Monge) received the 2003 Book of the Year award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association.  He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  He also received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association and the Lifetime Award from the Organizational Communication & Information Systems Division of the Academy of Management. In 2018 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where he received a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. He received a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.

Selected Publications

  • Lindsay Larson, Harrison Wojcik, Ilya Gokhman, Leslie Ann DeChurch, Suzanne Bell, Noshir Contractor, “Team performance in space crews”, Acta Astronautica, (2019)
  • Diego Gmez-Zar, Matthew Paras, Marlon Twyman, Jacqueline N. Lane, Leslie Ann DeChurch, Noshir Contractor, “Who would you like to work with? Use of individual characteristics and social networks in team formation systems”, CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, (2019)
  • Myung Ja Kim, Choong Ki Lee, Noshir Contractor, “Seniors? usage of mobile social network sites”, Computers in Human Behavior, (2019)
  • Satyam Mukherjee, Yun Huang, Julia Neidhardt, Brian Uzzi, Noshir Contractor, “Author Correction”, Nature Human Behaviour, (2019)
  • Satyam Mukherjee, Yun Huang, Julia Neidhardt, Brian Uzzi, Noshir Contractor, “Prior shared success predicts victory in team competitions”, Nature Human Behaviour, (2019)
  • Leslie A. DeChurch, Gina M. Bufton, Sophie A. Kay, Chelsea V. Velez, and Noshir Contractor, “Handbook of Group and Organizational Learning”, Oxford University Press, (2019)
  • Noshir Contractor, “The Oxford Handbook of Networked Communication”, Oxford University Press, (2019)
  • Vanessa Cedeno-Mieles, Zhihao Hu, Xinwei Deng, Noshir Contractor, Yihui Ren, Saliya Ekanayake, Brian J. Goode, Chris J. Kuhlman, Dustin Machi, Madhav V. Marathe, Henning H. Mortveit, Naren Ramakrishnan, Parang Saraf, Nathan Self, Joshua M. Epstein, Michael W. Macy, “Pipelines and their compositions for modeling and analysis of controlled online networked social science experiments”, WSC 2018 - 2018 Winter Simulation Conference, (2019)