Assistant Professor Department of Sociology University of Washington
Senior Data Science Fellow
eScience Institute University of Washington
Core Training Director
Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology University of Washington
Zack W. Almquist is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Senior Data Science Fellow in the eScience Institute at the University of Washington, where he holds affiliation with the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE), the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS), Urban@UW and the Center for Environmental Politics. From 2018-2020 he was a Research Scientist on the Demography and Survey Science team at Facebook, Inc; 2017-2018 he was a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University; and 2013-2018 he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of Minnesota.
Prof. Almquist currently serves on CSDE’s Executive Committee, and as CSDE’s Core Training Director and co-chair of CSDE’s Primary Research Area - Demographic Measurements and Methods (with Adrian Raftery). He leads the Computational Demography Working Group which meets on Mondays at 4:30-5:30 PM virtually. He is also the Training Director for the OBSSR T32 in Data Science Training in Demography and Population Health at the University of Washington. He serves on the Editorial Boards for the journals Social Networks, Sociological Perspectives, Population and Environment, and Sociological Methodology; and as the Secretary Treasurer of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Mathematical Sociology. 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. Prof Almquist’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, the National Institutes of Health, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Washington.
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 Methodology, Mathematical Population Studies, American Journal of Human Biology and Political Analysis.