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Christopher Quarles

A headshot of Christopher Quarles


Email: [email protected]

The internet and other technologies have changed the face of economic opportunity, how we group ourselves, and what we think is true. I hope to spend the next stage of my career helping ensure that these forces work for the betterment of humanity.

I am a generalist, which means I can work across domains, skill sets, and academic disciplines. I can also work effectively with a wide variety of people. My work has not fit into a neat box. The most useful ideas are not found in boxes. My research has used quantitative, qualitative, and computational methods. I have particularly strong skills in statistical & mathematical modeling. Having been a teacher and public communicator, I can also synthesize & communicate complex ideas to make them understandable. In various leadership roles, I have led multi-person projects and managed grants. I enjoy learning new things.

I’m looking for more than a job. I’m looking for a calling with a paycheck. Specifically, I’m hoping to find public interest work influencing the relationships between some/all of: the internet, social & mass media, democracy, how we interpret truth, and social & economic opportunity. This could mean research, internet policy, or something else. I hope to eventually work in-person with a community of passionate, positive people.

Personal website


Dissertation title

How Inequality Becomes Intractable - And Why Simple Explanations Can Make It Worse

Fields of interest

Social Media
Social Clustering
Complex Systems
Internet Policy


Bachelor of Science in Physics, University of Illinois
Master of Science in Mathematics, University of Washington
PhD in Information, University of Michigan, 2023

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