Department of Sociology
University of Minnesota
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Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-1895 (Sociology)
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School of Statistics
University of Minnesota
313 Ford Hall
224 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455




Zack Almquist is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of Minnesota and Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. At the University of Minnesota, he is also affiliated with The Institute on the Environment (IonE), The Minnesota Population Center, The Life Course Center, The Digital Technology Center, and The Data Science Program. In 2016-2017 he was a Visiting Scholar at the eScience Institute and Center for Statistics and Social Sciences at the University of Washington. Almquist’s research interests include social network analysis, big data, computational social sciences, mathematical sociology, spatial analysis, demography, sociology of education, environmental policy, public health, and human judgment and decision-making. His main research focus is on understanding, modeling, and predicting the effects that space (geography) and time have on human interaction (e.g., communication, friendship, mentorship, needle sharing, etc.) and social processes (e.g., information passing, knowledge acquisition, skill development, disease transmission, etc.).

Almquist’s research has been published in a number of highly regarded peer-reviewed journals including: The Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Geographical Analysis, PLoS One, Political Analysis, Social Networks, Sociological Methodology, Sociological Methods & Research and Statistica Sinica. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards for the journals Social Networks and Sociological Methodology. In the past, he has served as a council member of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Mathematical Sociology. Recently, he has been recognized as one of the top 50 graduate and postdoc alumni from the University of California, Irvine for their 50th year Celebration. Almquist’s dissertation won the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association’s section on Mathematical Sociology, and he is a recipient of the Army Research Office’s Young Investigator Award. He has received other awards including the Best Methodological Poster from the Political Networks Conference and UCI’s A. Kimball Romney Award for Outstanding Graduate Paper. Almquist’s research has been funded externally by the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office and internally by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota.