Carter Tribley Butts

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Chancellor's Professor, Sociology
School of Social Sciences

Professor, Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences

Professor (Courtesy), Statistics
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

Professor (Courtesy), Computer Science
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

Professor (Courtesy), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2002, Sociology
M.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 1998, Sociology
B.S., Duke University, 1996, Systems Theory

Phone: (949)824-8591
Fax: (949)824-4717

University of California, Irvine
SSPA 2145
University of California, Irvine
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Mathematical Sociology; Social and Biophysical Networks; Computational, Bayesian, and Applied Statistics; Simulation and Computational Methods; Molecular Modeling and Analysis; Human Judgment and Decision Making; Disasters
Academic Distinctions
Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Irvine, 2021
Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2018
Research Abstract
My research involves the development and application of mathematical, computational, and statistical techniques to theoretical and methodological problems within the areas of social and biophysical network analysis, mathematical sociology, quantitative methodology, molecular modeling/analysis, and human judgment and decision making. Currently, my work focuses on: the structure of spatially embedded large-scale interpersonal networks; theory and applications of discrete exponential family models for cross-sectional and dynamic relational data; the statistical mechanics of topological systems; Bayesian methods for network inference, model integration, and properties of biophysical systems; relational event models; machine learning techniques for analysis of high-dimensional trajectory data; and prediction of protein structure and function. I am also interested in social phenomena related to emergency situations, and am involved in research which seeks to combine social science and information technology to improve group and organizational responses to disasters and other adverse events. My teaching interests include network theory and analysis, the sociology of decision making, measurement and informant accuracy, quantitative methodology, and computational methods.

Additional information regarding my research activities can be found at my research page, and at my lab web site (
Awards and Honors
William D. Richards Software Award, International Network for Social Network Analysis, 2019
Leo A. Goodman Early Career Award, ASA Section on Methodology, 2010
Linton C. Freeman Award for Distinguished Scholarship, International Network for Social Network Analysis, 2008
Professional Societies
American Sociological Association
Sigma Xi
International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA)
Biophysical Society
American Statistical Association
Association for Computing Machinery
American Chemical Society
Research Centers
Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
UCI Center for Organizational Research
UCI Center for Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems
Networks, Computation, and Social Dynamics Laboratory
UCI Center for Networks and Relational Analysis
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