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Improving societies together.
Worldwide.

Understanding complex social problems is easier when data scientists, social scientists, humanists, and other difference makers can be assembled around the same table. It also means drawing from diverse methods, theories, and perspectives.

At the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research, we’re building an innovative community of scholars who not only pursue collaborative text analytics research using our data, software, and expertise, but are deeply invested in promoting societal well-being. The Cline Center affiliates network includes faculty, students, and staff from six colleges at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and from collaborating institutions spread across five continents. 

The Cline Center is a collaborative enterprise that draws faculty, staff, students, and difference-makers from the public and private sectors into interdisciplinary research projects that address real-world problems. Core staff and faculty members working in our Research Park location manage day-to-day operations involving faculty fellows, graduate fellows, research assistants, interns, and analysts. We also support collaborative projects through our network of faculty and research affiliates spanning the Urbana-Champaign campus as well as other institutions across the globe. 

Here’s who is making a difference with the Cline Center.

Jana Diesner
Jana Diesner
Associate Professor of Information Sciences
Email:
jdiesner@illinois.edu

Jana Diesener's research is at the nexus of network analysis, natural language processing and machine learning. In her lab, they develop and advance computational solutions that help people to better understand the interplay and co-evolution of information and socio-technical networks. They bring their solutions into real-world context to solve here and now problems - currently mainly related to impact assessment.

Chadly Stern
Chadly Stern
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Email:
chadly@illinois.edu