School of Information | University of Michigan
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and the head of DiscoveryLab. As a sociologist of science and innovation, I study the social processes through which individuals and teams generate new ideas, and why some of them achieve impact and others do not. I am particularly interested in the role that institutions and technology can play in accelerating scientific discovery. Much of my work focuses on the domain of science, but I am also interested in knowledge dynamics in other domains, e.g. Wikipedia.
Methodologically, I specialize in computational/quantitative methods such as field experiments and natural language processing. I also explore ways to combine these methods with more interpretive methods like surveys.
Here is my Google Scholar page.
Previously, I was a Postdoc at Harvard Business School in the Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH) with Karim Lakhani. I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago, where I was a member of KnowledgeLab and advised by James Evans.
Lab: DiscoveryLab, www.discolab.org
Advising: currently not accepting new PhD students
Office: North Quad #3369, 105 S State St
Email: tepl @ umich . edu