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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Grudin, Jonathan. (1988). Why CSCW applications fail: problems in the design and evaluation of organizational interfaces. In Proc. CSCW, 1988

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.

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.

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.

Bruckman, Amy (2022). "Should You Believe Wikipedia?" (just the title chapter)

Design of Social Computing Systems

Burton, et al. (2012). Crowdsourcing subjective fashion advice using VizWiz: challenges and opportunities. Proc. ASSETS.

Konstan, J. and Riedl, J. (2012). Recommender systems: from algorithms to user experience. User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction. (22) 101-123.

Valentine, Melissa A., Daniela Retelny, Alexandra To, Negar Rahmati, Tulsee Doshi, and Michael S. Bernstein. "Flash organizations: Crowdsourcing complex work by structuring crowds as organizations." In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI conference on human factors in computing systems, pp. 3523-3537. 2017.


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 Sciences, 111(24), 8788-8790.

Hofman, J. M., Sharma, A., & Watts, D. J. (2017). Prediction and explanation in social systems. Science, 355(6324), 486-488.

Lazer, David MJ, Alex Pentland, Duncan J. Watts, Sinan Aral, Susan Athey, Noshir Contractor, Deen Freelon et al. "Computational social science: Obstacles and opportunities." Science 369, no. 6507 (2020): 1060-1062.

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.

Chang, Serina, Emma Pierson, Pang Wei Koh, Jaline Gerardin, Beth Redbird, David Grusky, and Jure Leskovec. "Mobility network models of COVID-19 explain inequities and inform reopening." Nature 589, no. 7840 (2021): 82-87.


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).

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

ElSherief, Mai, Caleb Ziems, David Muchlinski, Vaishnavi Anupindi, Jordyn Seybolt, Munmun De Choudhury, and Diyi Yang. "Latent hatred: A benchmark for understanding implicit hate speech." EMNLP 2021.

Stewart, Ian, Diyi Yang, and Jacob Eisenstein. "Characterizing collective attention via descriptor context: A case study of public discussions of crisis events." In Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, vol. 14, pp. 650-660. 2020.

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.