Phil Chodrow


I am moving! I’ll join the Department of Computer Science at Middlebury College starting next fall.

I am currently a Hedrick Visiting Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics at UCLA, where I am mentored by Mason Porter. My interests include network science, nonlinear dynamics, applied probability, and machine learning. In my research, I build principled tools for studying the structure and dynamics of complex, networked systems. Recently, I’ve been thinking about spectral properties of hypergraphs, dominance hierarchies in biosocial systems, and nonlinear opinion dynamics on graphs.

I am a passionate educator, enthusiastic about evidence-based pedagogy, student-centered design, and inclusion in the classroom. I teach subjects including data science, mathematical network science, applied probability, and computing. I am a member of the Gold ‘21 Cohort of MAA Project NeXT, a professional development program for teacher-scholars in mathematics.

I believe deeply in the role of data science in promoting equity and social justice. I am currently working with undergraduate collaborators on projects related to gender representation in mathematical subfields and racial disparities in criminal sentencing. I am a Partner at QSIDE, the Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity.

I did my PhD at MIT’s Operations Research Center under the mentorship of Marta González and Patrick Jaillet. My research at MIT was supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Prior to MIT, I was an undergraduate at Swarthmore College and a Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Oslo, Norway.


  • July, 2022: I will join the Department of Computer Science at Middlebury College as a tenure-track assistant professor!
  • June-July, 2022: I am an invited Fellow at the upcoming Social Justice and Data Science Summer Research Program at ICERM. Looking forward to learning, making friends, and doing good work.
  • June, 2022: I am a participant and assistant to the organizers at the AMS Mathematics Research Community on “Models and Methods for Sparse (Hyper)Network Science.
  • April, 2022: “Projects Across the Mathematics Curriculum” will be a freestanding online workshop as part of MAA Project NExT. I am organizing it together with Bradley Burdick (Hanover College).
  • March 19th, 2022: Invited talk on “Smoothly Nonlinear Opinion Dynamics” at the AMS Eastern Sectional Meeting in a Special Session on Structured Populations. Excited to share this joint work with Heather Zinn Brooks and Mason Porter!

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