Michael W. Macy

Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences; Director, Social Dynamics Laboratory
Information Science, Computing and Information Science/Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

225 Gates Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 255-4555

Michael W. Macy

Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences; Director, Social Dynamics Laboratory
Information Science, Computing and Information Science/Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise
Using novel sources of network data (from social media, computational models, and online experiments) to address longstanding puzzles about human behavior and social interaction, especially what brings people together and what drives them apart.

Current Research Interest
Why do liberals drink lattes? Why do some things go viral? What creates social wormholes that connect close friends over vast network distances? 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Shi, F. Bill, Yongen Shi, Fedor Dokshin, James Evans, and Michael Macy. “Millions of Online Book Co-Purchases Reveal the Politicization and Polarization of U.S. Science.” Nature Human Behavior (2017).

Golder, Scott and Michael W. Macy. “Diurnal and Seasonal Mood Vary with Work, Sleep, and Daylength Across Diverse Cultures." Science 333 (2011): 1878-1881.

Cornell Research Website Article
The Cultures of Liberals and Conservatives