About Me

Hello! I'm a third year PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University focusing on Computational Social Science. I’m a member of the Social Dynamics Laboratory, and am advised primarily by Michael Macy. Other members of my committee include: Lillian Lee & Mabel Berezin.

Prior to graduate school, I received a BA in Communications and Sociology at Rutgers University. I also worked for two years in marketing as a social media analyst at Converseon, and FCB New York

Research Topics:

Topics: Social Polarization, Radicalization, Social Influence vs. Self-Selection, Lifestyle Politics

Research Methods: Natural Language Processing, Network Analysis, Causal Inference, Machine Learning, Online-Based Experiments


▪ Interned for Poshmark’s data science team in Redwood Shores, CA during Summer 2018
▪ Awarded NSF Grant in Sociology for a project on unpredictable correlations between social identity and interests/beliefs (with Michael Macy, Sebastian Deri, & Alex Ruch)


e-mail: natalie.t.tong at gmail dot com