Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Washington
Senior Data Science Fellow
eScience Institute
University of Washington

Training Core PI/Director
Center for Studies in
Demography and Ecology
University of Washington

Journal of Mathematical Sociology




Zack W. Almquist is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics, and a Senior Data Science Fellow in the eScience Institute at the University of Washington. He currently serves as the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology’s Training Core PI/Director. Before coming to UW in 2020, Prof. Almquist held positions as a Research Scientist at Facebook, Inc and as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of Minnesota. He has held visiting scholar positions at Stanford University and the University of Washington. Dr. Almquist received his PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, where he also received MAs in Sociology and Demography. He also holds an MS in Statistics from Northwestern University and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Oregon.

Prof Almquist is a recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Methodology’s Leo Goodman Award and the American Sociological Association’s Section on Mathematical Sociology’s Outstanding Dissertation Award. He is a recipient of the NSF’s CAREER Award and the ARO’s Young Investigator Program Award. Prof Almquist’s research has been funded by the NSF, NIH, ARO, University of Minnesota, and the University of Washington. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mathematical Sociology. He also served or serves on the Editorial Boards for the journals Social Networks, Sociological Perspectives, Population and Environment, and Sociological Methodology and as the Secretary Treasurer (elected position) of ASA’s Section on Mathematical Sociology.

His research centers on the development and application of mathematical, computational and statistical methodology to problems and theory of social networks, 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). Dr Almquist’s research has been published in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, Sociological Methods & Research, Sociological Methodology, Population Space and Place, Mathematical Population Studies, American Journal of Human Biology and Political Analysis.

Seminars I am involved in 2022-2023