Matt is a computational social scientist who is leading the development of agent-based models of coupled contagion, social learning under uncertainty, and group dynamics and adaptation. Prior to arriving at Stanford, his research focused on extremism and political polarization.
Matt holds a B.S. in mathematics and physics from Syracuse University and a masters in applied physics from Rice. He worked for a number of years as a scientific software developer in the Pacific Northwest, focusing mainly on models of watershed management and economic forecasting. For his Ph.D., Matt worked with Paul Smaldino in Cognitive and Information Sciences at the University of California Merced.