Curriculum Vitae

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Education

PhD Candidate
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation:  The Network Dynamics of Social Influence in the Wisdom of Crowds
Committee:  Damon Centola, Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Michael Delli-Carpini
Expected Graduation:  May, 2018

MA Communication
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Thesis:  The Influence of Hubs: Network Structure and the Quality of Collective Decisions

BA Liberal Arts (Philosophy / History of Math and Science)
St. Johns College, Annapolis

 

Publications

Guilbeault, D., Becker, J. & Centola, D.. (2018).  Complex Contagions: A Decade in Review.  In Yong Yeol Ahn & Sune Lehmann (Eds.) Spreading Dynamics in Social Systems. Springer Nature.

Becker, J., Brackbill, D., & Centola, D. (2017).  The Network Dynamics of Social Influence in the Wisdom of Crowds.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 14 (26),  5070–5076

Zhang, J., Brackbill, D., Yang, S., Becker, J., Herbert, N., & Centola, D. (2016). Support or competition? How online social networks increase physical activity: A randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine Reports, 4, 453-458.

 

In Preparation

Becker, J., Centola, D., and Porter, E. (2018).  The Wisdom of Political Crowds:  Increased Accuracy and Decreased Polarization in Echo Chambers.

Becker, J. & Centola, D. (2018).  Can Individuals Benefit from the Wisdom of Crowds?  An Experimental Study of Financial Forecasting.

Becker, J.  (2018).  The Network Dynamics of Equilibrium Selection in Coordination Decisions. Working Paper.

Guilbeault, D., Becker, J., & Centola, D.  (2018).  Using Social Networks to Mitigate Motivated Reasoning in Climate Change Communications. 

 

Conference Presentations

Becker, J. “Network Dynamics of Equilibrium Selection in Coordination Decisions.” American Sociology Association 2018, Philadelphia, PA, August 2018.

Becker, J., Centola, D., Porter, E. “The Wisdom of Political Crowds: Increasing Accuracy and Reducing Polarization in Echo Chambers.” American Sociology Association 2018, Philadelphia, PA, August 2018.

Becker, J. and Centola, D. “Can the Wisdom of Crowds Increase the Accuracy of Financial Beliefs?” American Sociology Association 2018, Philadelphia, PA, August 2018.

Becker, J., Brackbill, D., Centola, D. “Network Dynamics of Social Influence in the Wisdom of Crowds.” CompleNet 2018, Boston, MA, March 2018.

Becker, J. Brackbill, D. Centola, D. Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds to Improve Group Decisions, Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium, Wharton School, Philadelphia, October 2017.

Becker, J.  Brackbill, D.  Centola, D.  The Network Dynamics of Social Influence in the Wisdom of Crowds, Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada, August 2017.  (Upcoming)

Becker, J.  Brackbill, D.  Centola, D.  The Network Dynamics of Social Influence in the Wisdom of Crowds, International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), Cologne, Germany, July 2017.

Becker, J., Brackbill, D., Centola, D. An Experimental Study of Critical Mass.  International Conference on Computational Social Science, Chicago, IL, June 2016.

Becker, J., Centralization and Collective Decision-Making.  Penn Network Visualization Program, University of Pennsylvania, June 2016.

Becker, J., Brackbill, D., Centola, D. An Experimental Study of Collective Intelligence. Collective Intelligence Conference, New York, NY, June 2016.

Becker, J. & Centola, D., Coordination, exploration, and collective decisions, Workshop on Information and Networks, New York, NY, October, 2015.

Becker, J., Collective Decisions as Coordination Processes: The Influence of Hubs, NetSci 2015, Zaragoza, Spain, June, 2015.

Becker, J., Collective Decisions as Coordination Processes: The Influence of Hubs, Computational Social Science Summit, Chicago, IL, May, 2015

 

 

Teaching Experience

2016-2017           


Teaching assistant and curriculum design for Damon Centola
Online course: The Network Dynamics of Social Behavior (in progress)

2015


Teaching Assistant for Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
Undergraduate course: Big Data and Social Networks

2008-2013


Skills Trainer, Interpersonal Communication
Community Mediation Maryland, Kimmel Center Philadelphia

2005-2011

Youth Educator
Daniel Rothman Religious School, Epigenesis Program
 

Additional Training

2017


Summer Institute in Computational Social Science
Russell Sage Foundation, Princeton University

2013-2017

                             
Research Assistant for Damon Centola
Develop web-based experiments and agent-based models with the Network Dynamics Group

2015-2016

Research Assistant for Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
Analyzed influence networks on Turkish twitter with Enes Abanoz
 

Funding

2017

Becker, J. and Porter, E. Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds to Increase Political Knowledge. Russell Sage Foundation.

2017

                             
Becker, J. Can Social Influence Improve Financial Forecasting? Russell Ackoff Doctoral Fellowship, Wharton Risk Center.

2016

Centola, D., Zhang, J., Aysola, J., Becker, J., and Brackbill, D. Improving Medical Decisions Making Trough the Wisdom of Crowds. Robert Wood Johnson Pioneer Grant.
 

Technical Skills

Coding R, Java, NetLogo, Full Stack Web Development
Data Analysis         Network analysis, statistics, machine learning