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Noshir Contractor

Kellogg School of Management, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Communication

Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Industrial Engineering & Management Science, McCormick School of Engineering
Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management
Professor of Communication Studies, School of Communication
Director, Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group


Areas of Focus

  • Network science
  • Computational social science
  • Web science
  • Team science
  • Future of Work
  • Human AI/robot collaboration


  • Factors predicting successful scientific collaboration
  • Factors predicting human agent (AI-Robot) teaming
  • Factors shaping psycho-social dynamics and performance of human space travel
  • How enterprise social media (e.g. Teams, Slack, Zoom) is changing the nature of work
  • Changing nature of work from before to during COVID-19 to the post-COVID world


Contractor has been at the forefront of three emerging interdisciplines: network science, computational social science and web science. He is investigating how social and knowledge networks form – and perform – in contexts including business, scientific communities, healthcare and space travel. His research has been funded continuously for 25 years by the U.S. National Science Foundation with additional funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, NASA, DARPA, Army Research Laboratory and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His book "Theories of Communication Networks" (co-authored with Peter Monge) received the 2003 Book of the Year award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He also received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association and the Lifetime Service Award from the Organizational Communication & Information Systems Division of the Academy of Management. In 2018 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where he received a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.