Douglas Guilbeault

Assistant Professor
Management of Organizations | Sustainability

Leading researcher in computational sociology and online social network experiments


Doug Guilbeault is an Assistant Professor in the Management of Organizations Group at the Haas School of Business. He studies how people work together in social groups to make sense of and, in many ways, create the world. More technically, he studies how social interaction serves as a computational process for gathering, analyzing, and generating semantic information. This investigation extends to the analysis of how organizations structure and augment social computation by enabling new forms of communication, coordination, and collective creativity. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Nature Communications, The Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, Cognition, Policy and Internet, and The Journal of International Affairs, as well as in popular news outlets, such as The Atlantic and Wired. Guilbeault’s work has received top research awards from The International Conference on Computational Social Science, The Cognitive Science Society, and The International Communication Association. His current research is funded by Facebook and the NIH. In addition, Guilbeault was one of the recipients of Stanford’s “The Art of Science” award for the piece “Changing Views in Data Science over 50 Years” produced in collaboration with the research collective, comp-syn. Guilbeault has also worked as a consultant on social media policy and people analytics for leading tech companies (e.g. Google).

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Social Media Policy
  • Categorization
  • Culture and Cognition
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Computational Sociology
  • Collective Creativity
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