Skip to main content

University of Michigan School of Information

Christopher Quarles

Christopher Quarles

PhD Student Email:


I'm a doctoral student in the UM School of Information. In my previous career, I was a community college math instructor, where I did a lot of work with interventions focused on helping people get ahead. I came back to school to understand the factors behind opportunity and social mobility. And since the only lasting change in the world is driven or supported by technology, I’m focused on the effects of our increasingly connected world on inequality, the transfer of human capital, and self-organization in social systems. I see my research as a continuation of my previous career. Ultimately, my goal is change - to use what I've learned to increase individuals' opportunity to achieve their goals.

Areas of Interest

- Computational social science
- Complex systems
- Inequality & information
- Social mobility
- Social clustering & self-organization


M.S. Mathematics

B.S. Physics