Nicholas Christakis turns the notion of the self-directed individual on its head, and demonstrates the extraordinary power of social networks.
As director of Harvard’s Human Nature Lab, Nicholas Christakis leads a diverse group of scholars integrating biological, social, and computational approaches to understanding human health. A physician and social scientist, he holds professorships in the Departments of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Sociology in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His research applies network science and mathematical modeling to study the dynamics of health in evolving social networks. Together with James Fowler, he coauthored the celebrated book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (2011). Christakis has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.