Ph.D. CS Social Computing Body of Knowledge

Note: this is the list for students in the computer science PhD program. HCC PhD students please study the HCC qualifier reading list.


Taught in Class


Mathematical foundations    
Adamic, L. (2000). Zipf, Power-laws, and Pareto - a ranking tutorial. HP Labs Technical Report.
Barabasi, A. and Albert, R. (1999). Emergence of Scaling in Random Networks. Science, 286(5439):509-512 8803SC
Jackson, M. (2008). Social and Economic Networks. Chapters 1-4. Princeton University Press.    
Sociological foundations    
Granovetter, M. (1973). The Strength of Weak Ties. American Journal of Sociology. 78(6):1360-1380 8803SC

Burt, R. (2004). Structural Holes and Good Ideas. American Journal of Sociology, 110(2).

Heider, F. (1946). Attitudes and Cognitive Organization. The Journal of Psychology. 21(1):107-112
Travers, J. and Milgram, S. An Experimental Study of the Small World Problem. Sociometry, 32(4): 425-443. 8803SC
Ostrom, E. (2015). Governing the Commons. Cambridge University Press. [Only pages 1-7; 29-57; 82-102]    
Social computing theories    
Benkler, Y. (2002). Coase's Penguin,or Linux and the Nature of the Firm. Yale Law Journal 112:369 6470  
Donath, J. (1999). Identity and Deception in the Virtual Community. In M. A. Smith & P. Kollock (Eds.), Communities in Cyberspace (pp. 29-59). New York: Routledge. 6470, 8803SC
Grudin, Jonathan. (1988). Why CSCW applications fail: problems in the design and evaluation of organizational interfaces. In Proc. CSCW, 1988 8803SC
Kollock, P. (1999). The Economies of Online Cooperation: Gifts and Public Goods in Cyberspace. In M. Smith & P. Kollock (Eds.), Communities in Cyberspace (pp. 220-239). New York: Routledge.    
Raymond, E. S. (2001). The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary (Revised ed.). Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly & Associates. 6470  
Oldenburg, R. (1999). The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community. Chapters 1 and 2. New York: Marlowe & Company. 6470  
Hampton, K. N. (2016). Persistent and pervasive community: New communication technologies and the future of community. American Behavioral Scientist, 60(1), 101-124.
Olson, G. M., & Olson, J. S. (2000). Distance matters. Human-computer interaction, 15(2), 139-178.
Design of Social Computing Systems    
Burton, et al. (2012). Crowdsourcing subjective fashion advice using VizWiz: challenges and opportunities. Proc. ASSETS. 7460
Konstan, J. and Riedl, J. (2012). Recommender systems: from algorithms to user experience. User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction. (22) 101-123. 7460
Kittur, A., Nickerson, J. V., Bernstein, M., Gerber, E., Shaw, A., Zimmerman, J., Lease, M., and Horton, J. (2013). The future of crowd work. In Proceedings of the 2013 conference on Computer supported cooperative work (pp. 1301-1318). ACM.


Lazer, et al. (2009). Computational Social Science. Science, 323(5915):721-723.    
Kramer, A. D., Guillory, J. E., & Hancock, J. T. (2014). Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks. . Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences111(24), 8788-8790.
Hofman, J. M., Sharma, A., & Watts, D. J. (2017). Prediction and explanation in social systems. Science, 355(6324), 486-488.  8803SC
Online Social Networks    
Gilbert, Eric and Karahalios, Karrie. 2009. Predicting tie strength with social media. In Proc. CHI.    
Bakshy, E., Hofman, J. M., Mason, W. A., & Watts, D. J. (2011). Everyone's an influencer: quantifying influence on twitter. In Proceedings of the fourth ACM international conference on Web search and data mining (pp. 65-74). ACM.
Kooti, F., Yang, H., Cha, M., Gummadi, K. P., & Mason, W. A. (2012). The emergence of conventions in online social networks. In Sixth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.
Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, C., Gamon, M., & Dumais, S. (2011). Mark my words!: linguistic style accommodation in social media. In Proceedings of the 20th international conference on World wide web (pp. 745-754).
Eisenstein. (2013). What to do about bad language on the internet. Proceedings of NAACL.    
Pavalanathan U. and EIsenstein, J. (2016). More emojis, less :) The competition for paralinguistic function in microblog writing. First Monday: 21(7).
De Choudhury, M., Kiciman, E., Dredze, M., Coppersmith, G., & Kumar, M. (2016). Discovering shifts to suicidal ideation from mental health content in social media. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2098-2110). ACM.
Studies of Social Computing Systems    
Bryant, S, Forte, A, and Bruckman, A (2005). Becoming Wikipedian: Transformation of Participation in a Collaborative Online Encyclopedia. In Proc. GROUP.    
Ling, K., Beenen, G., Ludford, P., Wang, X., Chang, K., Li, X., Cosley, D., Frankowski, D., Terveen, L., Rashid, A.M., and Resnick, P. (2005). Using social psychology to motivate contributions to online communities. Journal of Computer‐Mediated Communication, 10(4), 00-00.    
Burke, M., Kraut, R., & Marlow, C. (2011). Social capital on Facebook: Differentiating uses and users. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems (pp. 571-580). ACM.
Das, S., & Kramer, A. D. (2013). Self-Censorship on Facebook. In Proceedings of ICWSM.

Updated July 2017