school of information | university of michigan
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. My research is at the intersection of science of science and sociology of organizations - I study how institutions affect innovation. Focusing on the setting of academic science, I examine 1) how organizations evaluate and select projects to invest into and 2) how knowledge flows between scientists. Methodologically, I focus on field experiments and statistical analysis of administrative data.
The evaluation/selection stream of work aims to identify how the evaluation processes organizations use predispose them to select particular ideas or innovators. Projects include
Status bias in scientific peer review, and how to mitigate it
Incentives for novelty
Benefits and costs of interdisciplinarity
The role of social capital in scientific success
The knowledge flows stream of work explores how exposure to others’ ideas depends on reading practices, co-location, conferencing and other channels of communication, and identifies how status and gender help make some scientists’ ideas more visible than others’. Projects include
Gender and self-promotion in science
Conferences as a mechanism to spread ideas
Science and the media: What research is picked up by the media, and how is it covered?
Last but not least, I am interested in political polarization. I am studying how the physical places where individuals spend time provides (or doesn't) exposure to cross-partisan ideas.
See my CV for papers and links.
Lab: DiscoveryLab, www.discolab.org
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=DzSXZd9yYy8C
Advising: currently not accepting PhD students
Office: North Quad #3369, 105 S State St
Email: tepl @ umich . edu