Carter Butts

Carter T. Butts is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Butts obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a member of the Center for the Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems. He currently serves as an area editor for the journal Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, holds paper awards from the ASA's Sections on Mathematical Sociology and Aging and the Life Course, and is a recipient of the Linton C. Freeman Award from the International Network for Social Network Analysis.

Dr. Butts's research involves the application of mathematical and computational techniques to theoretical and methodological problems within the areas of social network analysis, mathematical sociology, quantitative methodology, and human judgment and decision making. Currently, his work focuses on: the structure of spatially embedded large-scale interpersonal networks; models for informant accuracy, network inference, and graph comparison; representation and modeling of intertemporal relational data; and models for human behavior in strategic settings. Dr. Butts also studies social phenomena related to emergency situations, and is involved in research which seeks to combine social science and information technology to improve group and organizational responses to disasters and other adverse events.