Misha Teplitskiy

School of Information | University of Michigan


I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and the head of DiscoveryLab. I am a sociologist interested in the drivers of scientific and technological innovation, and especially the role that policy and technology can play in accelerating scientific discovery. My current research investigates 1) how individuals and organizations evaluate innovative ideas, and 2) how scientists allocate their attention. Although much of my work focuses on the domain of science, 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

Twitter/X: @MishaTeplitskiy

Email: tepl @ umich . edu