Kathleen Mary Carley
Alma materHarvard University (1984)
MIT (1978)
Known forDynamic network analysis
Scientific career
FieldsSocial network analysis
Computational sociology
Telecommunication policy
InstitutionsCarnegie Mellon University
Doctoral advisorHarrison White

Kathleen M. Carley is an American social scientist specializing in dynamic network analysis.[1] She is a professor in the School of Computer Science in the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University and also holds appointments in the Tepper School of Business, the Heinz College, the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, and the Department of Social and Decision Sciences.[2]


Kathleen Carley was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1956.[3] At High School her interest in social modeling was inspired by Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. Artificial intelligence was not a career path at that time and she was dissuaded from studying Mathematics because of gender stereotyping.[4] Instead she studied for an S.B. in economics and an S.B. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in 1984. Her Ph.D. advisor was Harrison White and her thesis was entitled Consensus Construction.[2]


On leaving Harvard in 1984, Carley secured a position as Associate Professor of Sociology and Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University where she remains based. In 1990 she became Associate Professor of Sociology and Organizations, in 1998 Professor of Sociology, Organizations and IT, and in 2002 attained her current role as Professor of Computation, Organization and Society. Since 1998 she has also held appointments in other CMU schools and departments; the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Heinz College, Tepper School of Business and Department of Engineering and Public Policy.[2]


Carley's research combines cognitive science, sociology and computer science to address complex social and organizational problems. Her most notable research contribution was the establishment of dynamic network analysis (DNA). She has also contributed to research on computational social and organization theory,[5][6][7][8] adaptation and evolution,[9][10] text mining,[11] and the impact of telecommunication technologies and policy on communication,[12] information diffusion,[10][13] disease contagion and response within and among groups particularly in disaster or crisis situations,[14] and dynamic network methods.[15][16]

She is the director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS),[17] a university-wide interdisciplinary center that brings together network science, computer science, and organizational studies and has an associated NSF funded training program for Ph.D. students. Her research on dynamic network analysis has resulted in tools for analyzing large-scale dynamic networks and various multi-agent simulation systems. Her CASOS group has developed tools for text-mining semantic networks (AutoMap), simulating epidemiological models (BioWar), and simulating covert networks (DyNet).

Carley is the founding co-editor and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory.[18] She has co-edited several books in the computational organizations and dynamic network area.

Noted publications

Carley, Kathleen M.; Prietula, MJ (1994). Computational Organization Theory (PDF). Lawrence Erlbaum. ISBN 978-0-8058-1406-4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2011-04-08.

Carley, Kathleen M. (June 1991). "A theory of group stability". American Sociological Review. 56 (3): 331–354. doi:10.2307/2096108. JSTOR 2096108. S2CID 462722. (Also available here)

See also


  1. ^ Roebuck, Karen (19 June 2004). "CMU project targets terrorism". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on 2 September 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Vita" (PDF). Carnegie Mellon University. 20 March 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  3. ^ Carley, K. M.; Zhiang Lin (1995). "Organizational designs suited to high performance under stress". IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. 25 (2): 221–230. doi:10.1109/21.364841. S2CID 6171181.
  4. ^ Edling, Christofer (Jan 31, 2009). Hedström, Peter; Wittrock, Björn (eds.). We Always Know More Than We Can Say: Mathematical Sociologists on Mathematical Sociology. Frontiers of Sociology (Annals of the International Institute of Sociology). Institut international de sociologie. World Congress. p. 358. ISBN 978-90-04-16569-4.
  5. ^ Geoffrey P. Morgan and Kathleen M. Carley, "Exploring the impact of a stochastic hiring function in dynamic organizations," In proceedings of the Behavioral Representation in Modeling and Simulation (BRIMS) Conference, Sundance, UT, March 23, 2011, Pp. 106–113. Best Student Paper award.
  6. ^ Marcelo Cataldo, Patrick Wagstrom, James Herbsleb and Kathleen M. Carley, 2006, "Identification of Coordination Requirements: Implications for the design of collaboration and awareness tools", Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Best Papers of CSCW 2006, pp. 353–362. Available from: http://delivery.acm.org/10.1145/1190000/1180929/p353-cataldo.pdf?key1=1180929&key2=6491909811&coll=GUIDE&dl=GUIDE&CFID=34171964&CFTOKEN=77758590. Best Paper CSCW 2006, Awarded by ACM SIGCHI.
  7. ^ Judith A. Effken, Kathleen M. Carley, Sheila Gephart, Joyce A. Verran, Denise Bianchi, Jeff Reminga and Barbara B. Brewer, 2011, "Using ORA to Explore the Relationship of Nursing Unit Communication to Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes," International Journal of Medical Informatics, 80.7: 507-517. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2011.03.015
  8. ^ Vanessa Hill and Kathleen M. Carley, 2008, "Win Friends and Influence People: Relationships as Conduits of Organizational Culture in Temporary Placement Agencies," Journal of Management Inquiry, 17.4: 369-379. Link: http://jmi.sagepub.com/content/17/4/369.abstract
  9. ^ Zhiang Lin and Kathleen M. Carley, 2001, "Organizational Design and Adaptation in Response to Crises: Theory and Practice," AoM Best Papers Proceedings. Edited by In Dennis H. Nagao (Ed.), Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Washington, D.C., August 3–8, "How Governments Matter," Academy of Management Proceedings 2001, Academy of Management, Washington D.C. OMT: B1-B6.
  10. ^ a b Kathleen M. Carley, Michael K. Martin and Brian Hirshman, 2009, "The Etiology of Social Change," Topics in Cognitive Science, 1.4:621-650. Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1756-8765.2009.01037.x/abstract.
  11. ^ Yi Chang, Jana Diesner and Kathleen M. Carley, 2011, "Towards Automated Definition Acquisition from Operations Law," Transaction/Journal: IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C: Applications and Reviews, 41.4.
  12. ^ Pietro Panzarasa, T. Opsahl and Kathleen M. Carley, 2009, "Patterns and dynamics of users' behavior and interaction: Network analysis of an online community," Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 60.5: 911-932. doi:10.1002/asi.v60:5
  13. ^ Matthias Meyer, Michael A. Zaggl, and Kathleen M. Carley, 2011, "Measuring CMOT’s intellectual structure and its development," Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory, 17.1: 1-34. doi:10.1007/s10588-010-9076-0
  14. ^ Kathleen M. Carley, Eric Malloy and Neal Altman, 2011, "Multi-Agent Modeling of Biological and Chemical Threats," Infectious Disease Informatics and Biosurveillance, Edited by Zeng, D.; Chen, H.; Castillo-Chavez, C.; Lober, W.B.; Thurmond, M. (Eds.), Springer, New York, Ch. 16: 361-380.
  15. ^ Terrill L. Frantz and Kathleen M. Carley, 2010, "Toward A Confidence Estimate For The Most-Central-Actor Finding," Sage Publications/RM division Best Student Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.
  16. ^ Edoardo M. Airoldi, Xue Bai and Kathleen M. Carley, 2011, "Network sampling and classification: An investigation of network model representations," Decision Support Systems, 51.3: 506-518. doi:10.1016/j.dss.2011.02.014
  17. ^ Waters, T. J. (2010-03-08). Hyperformance: Using Competitive Intelligence for Better Strategy and Execution. John Wiley and Sons. pp. 154–5. ISBN 978-0-470-53364-2. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  18. ^ "Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory (Editorial Board)". Retrieved 9 April 2011.