William R. Hobbs

I am postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University's Network Science Institute and a visiting scholar at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science. I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2016.

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"Voters of the Year": 19 Voters Who Were Unintentional Election Poll Sensors on Twitter
William Hobbs, Lisa Friedland, Kenneth Joseph, Oren Tsur, Stefan Wojcik, and David Lazer. 2017.
ICWSM 2017 (short paper). Accepted.

Online Social Integration is Associated with Reduced Mortality Risk
William Hobbs, Moira Burke, Nicholas Christakis, and James Fowler. 2016.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113 (46): 12980-12984.
-- New York Times
-- Los Angeles Times
-- Smithsonian Magazine
-- UC San Diego press release
-- Altmetric 2016 Top 100

Presidential Effort and International Outcomes: evidence for an executive bottleneck
David Lindsey and William Hobbs. 2015.
Journal of Politics. 77(4): 1089-1102.
-- supporting information
-- replication materials

Widowhood Effects in Voter Participation
William Hobbs, Nicholas Christakis, and James Fowler. 2014.
American Journal of Political Science. 58(1): 1-16.
-- supporting information
-- replication code (email me for updated code in Python)
-- The Atlantic

Prediction of Mortality Using On-line, Self-Reported Health Data: empirical test of the RealAge score
William Hobbs and James Fowler. 2014.
PLOS ONE. 9(1): e86385.
-- supporting information

Embedded Interests and the Managerial Local State: the political economy of methanol fuel-switching in China
Genia Kostka and William Hobbs. 2013.
Journal of Contemporary China. 22(80): 204-218.

Local Energy Efficiency Policy Implementation in China: bridging the gap between national priorities and local interests
Genia Kostka and William Hobbs. 2012.
China Quarterly. 211: 765-785.


Selected working papers

Partisan Attachment or Life Stability?
William Hobbs.

How Sudden Censorship Can Increase Access to Information
William Hobbs and Margaret Roberts.


University of California, San Diego
PhD '16 in Political Science (2011-2016)
-  Institute for Network Science, Yale University (2013 - 2014)
-  Data Science team, Facebook, Inc. (2013)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BA '09 in Economics