Devon Brackbill

About me

I earned my PhD from UPenn, where I was a member of the Network Dynamics Group. My academic research in Computational Social Science has been published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS ONE, and elsewhere. See academic research for more details.

Current work

Previous work


My academic research sits at the intersection of the social sciences, physics, and computer science. I am interested in how individual actions give rise to collective phenomena in large populations. Applications include the complex interplay of social forces that produce collective intelligence, group problem-solving, consensus formation, and social norms in human social systems.

To understand the dynamics of complex systems, I rely on agent-based models to gain theoretical traction on a social behavior. Then, I test these ideas using online experiments to see if these theories hold true.

See the Academic Research section for more information.


I have an occasional blog where I write about research projects and interesting things like collective intelligence, causal discovery (or how you can learn the causal structure of a system), and hopefully more things!