Allison Morgan



About Me

I am a computer science PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder. My interests lie within computational social science; more specifically, I measure the structural factors that drive a lack of diversity in science and highlight their consequences. I study fairness and social inequality by building systems, applying methods from causal inference and network science, and joining surveys with big data.

I am a member of Aaron Clauset’s research group. My research has been published in EPJ Data Science, PNAS, and Science Advances, and covered by outlets such as the Washington Post, Scientific American, and Forbes. Prior to graduate school, I studied physics at Reed College. When I’m not at work, I like riding my bike and trying new recipes. My preferred pronouns are she/her. You can read about some other projects I have worked on here.

Recent News

JAN 2021 • I’m speaking to the Women In Network Science Seminar in a couple of weeks about my research on parenthood in academia.

JULY 2020 • I was invited to present a lightning talk at the Graphs & Networks workshop hosted by Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group at Tufts.

APR 2020 • I’m really proud to be a part of this massive collaboration just out in PNAS! Also, I passed my dissertation proposal to become a PhD candidate. I’ll be presenting our work on the impact of parenthood on tenure-track faculty this summer at IC2S2.

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Selected Publications (Google Scholar)

Socioeconomic Roots of Academic Faculty (In Preparation)
Allison C. Morgan, Nick LaBerge, Daniel B. Larremore, Mirta Galesic, and Aaron Clauset

The Unequal Impact of Parenthood in Academia
Allison C. Morgan, Samuel F. Way, Michael J. D. Hoefer, Daniel B. Larremore, Mirta Galesic, and Aaron Clauset. Science Advances, 7 (9) eabd1996, 2021.

Measuring the Predictability of Life Outcomes with a Scientific Mass Collaboration
Matthew J. Salganik, Ian Lundberg, Alexander T. Kindel [et al. including Allison C. Morgan]. PNAS, 117 (15) 2020.

Productivity, Prominence, and the Effects of Academic Environment
Samuel F. Way, Allison C. Morgan, Daniel B. Larremore, and Aaron Clauset. PNAS, 116 (17) 2019.

Prestige Drives Epistemic Inequality in the Diffusion of Scientific Ideas
Allison C. Morgan, Dimitrios Economou, Samuel F. Way, and Aaron Clauset. EPJ Data Science 7, 40, 2018.

Automatically Assembling a Full Census of an Academic Field
Allison C. Morgan, Samuel F. Way, and Aaron Clauset. PLOS ONE, 13 (8) e0202223, 2018.

The Misleading Narrative of the Canonical Faculty Productivity Trajectory
Samuel F. Way, Allison C. Morgan, Aaron Clauset, and Daniel B. Larremore. PNAS, 114 (44) E9216-E9223, 2017.