Alex Dow

Research Scientist - Core Data Science

I lead the Interaction Science team, which is part of the Computational Social Science and Core Data Science group. We study people’s interactions on and with Facebook products and what effect those products have on them, their relationships, and their community. We leverage this understanding to design new and better products and guide the larger product teams. Our research includes topics such as technology and well-being, crisis informatics, data for social good, information diffusion, and the structure of online prosocial and antisocial behavior. I received my PhD in computer science from UCLA, where I did research in artificial intelligence and heuristic search algorithms.


Computational social science, social computing, crisis informatics, data for social good, information diffusion

Latest Publications

GRID - February 19, 2021

Measuring Long-Term Displacement Using Facebook Data

Eugenia Giraudy, Paige Maas, Shankar Iyer, Zack Almquist, JW Schneider, Alex Dow

ISCRAM - May 19, 2019

Facebook Disaster Maps: Aggregate Insights for Crisis Response & Recovery

Paige Maas, Shankar Iyer, Andreas Gros, Wonhee Park, Laura McGorman, Chaya Nayak, Alex Dow

CHI - May 7, 2016

Changes in Engagement Before and After Posting to Facebook

Nir Grinberg, Alex Dow, Lada Adamic, Mor Naaman

WWW - April 7, 2014

Can cascades be predicted?

Justin Cheng, Lada Adamic, Alex Dow, Jon Kleinberg, Jure Leskovec

ICWSM - July 8, 2013

The Anatomy of Large Facebook Cascades

Alex Dow, Lada Adamic, Adrien Friggeri