Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Washignton
Senior Data Science Fellow
University of Washignton




Zack W. Almquist is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Senior Data Science Fellow at the University of Washington, where he also holds affiliation with CSDE and Urban@UW. From 2018-2020 he was a Research Scientist in the Demography and Survey Science team at Facebook, Inc; from 2017-2018 he was a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University; and from 2013-2018 he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of Minnesota.

Almquist’s research centers on the development and application of mathematical, computational and statistical methodology to problems and theory of social networks analysis, demography, education, homelessness, and environmental action and governance. Currently, his research program is focused on understanding, modeling, and predicting the effects that space (geography) and time have on human interaction (communication or needle sharing) and social processes (information passing or disease transmission). Almquist’s research has been published in a number of highly regarded peer-reviewed journals in the social sciences, statistics and computer science.

He currently serves on the Editorial Boards for the journals Social Networks, Sociological Methodology, and Sociological Perspectives; he also serves as the Secretary Treasurer of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Mathematical Sociology, and in the past, he has served as a student council member of the ASA’s Section on Mathematical Sociology. He has been recognized as one of the top 50 graduate and postdoc alumni from the University of California, Irvine for their 50th year Celebration. Almquist’s dissertation won the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association’s section on Mathematical Sociology, and he is a recipient of the Army Research Office’s Young Investigator Award. He has received other awards including the Best Methodological Poster from the Political Networks Conference and UCI’s A. Kimball Romney Award for Outstanding Graduate Paper. Almquist’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office.