About Me

Hello! I'm a second year PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University focusing on Computational Social Science. I am currently being advised by Michael Macy and am a member of his Social Dynamics Laboratory. Other members of my committee include: Lillian Lee

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, Social Influence vs. Self-Selection, Lifestyle Politics

Research Methods: Network Analysis & Natural Language Processing on Social Media Data, Machine Learning, Online-based Experiments


▪ Awarded NSF Grant in Sociology for a project on arbitrary correlations between social identity and interests/beliefs
▪ Attended the Summer School Series on Methods for Computational Social Science in Sardinia, Italy
▪ Awarded 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)


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