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The Graduate School at Northwestern University is seeking exceptional applicants to join the Ph.D. program in Technology and Social Behavior (TSB) in the Fall of 2022. Applications are due on December 15, 2021.

TSB is a joint Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Communication that draws on Northwestern’s strong support for interdisciplinary research, benefits from talented faculty who contribute to a tradition of collaboration, and attracts unique students who are eager for academic experiences that cross traditional departmental boundaries. We are a growing and active community of faculty ( and students (

We recruit students from a variety of backgrounds and provide rigorous training in the design, development, evaluation, and broader study of technologies with social and human significance. The combined degree benefits students by providing training in a diverse set of quantitative and qualitative methods, experience designing and implementing new technologies, practice incorporating the results of empirical research into these technologies, and preparation for a wide range of academic and industrial jobs. Students engage and publish research in Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, Computational Social Science, and other related areas.

Faculty and students in TSB address a broad range of topics including:

  • Algorithmic accountability, bias, and transparency
  • Assistive technology and accessibility
  • Computational journalism and computational communication
  • Creativity support and interactive audio tools
  • Crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and collective action online
  • Data visualization, visual analytics, communication with data
  • Educational technology and games
  • Health information systems and technology for wellbeing
  • Inequality through sociological, economic, policy, and engineering perspectives
  • Language use and naturalistic behavior in online communities
  • Social interaction in technology-mediated environments
  • Social networks and collective dynamics
  • Social media design and use
  • Tangible user interfaces for children and older adults

For more details on the program, faculty, and admissions requirements see: