Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Zack Almquist

Training Core PI


Zack W. Almquist is CSDE’s Training Core PI and co-chair of CSDE’s Primary Research Area – Demographic Measurements and Methods (with Adrian Raftery). He serves on CSDE’s Executive Committee, and leads the Computational Demography Working Group which meets on Mondays at 4:30-5:30 PM virtually. He is also an Assistant Professor of Sociology, a Senior Data Science Fellow in the eScience Institute, and Training Director for the OBSSR T32 in Data Science Training in Demography and Population Health. Almquist holds affiliations at  Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS), Urban@UW and the Center for Environmental Politics. He serves on the Editorial Boards for the journals Social NetworksSociological PerspectivesPopulation 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.

Before he held his current positions with University of Washington, Almquist was a Research Scientist on the Demography and Survey Science team at Facebook, Inc from 2018-2020; a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University from 2017-2018; and an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of Minnesota from 2013-2018

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 SciencesJournal of Computational and Graphical StatisticsSociological MethodologyMathematical Population StudiesAmerican Journal of Human Biology and Political Analysis.