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Northwestern School of Communication

Ágnes Horvát

Associate Professor
Ágnes Horvát

Ágnes Horvát is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, (by courtesy) the Computer Science Department of the McCormick School of Engineering, and (also by courtesy) the Department of Management and Organizations of the Kellogg School of Management.

Her research seeks to measure, understand, and forecast the collective behaviour of networked crowds in large-scale socio-technical systems. On the one hand, her current projects investigate the impact of network embeddedness and diversity on scholarly communication. On the other hand, she works on identifying expressions of collective intelligence and opportunities for innovation in crowdsourcing communities. Her research group also develops empirical and theoretical methods to support creativity and predict success in culture industries. This work lies at the intersection of computational social science and social computing. It uses an interdisciplinary data-driven approach that builds on techniques from network science, machine learning, and statistics.

Professor Horvát developed and teaches the 'Cultural Analytics' course that trains students for careers at the intersection of creative occupations and data science. Horvát has been the recipient of many fellowships and academic excellence awards, most recently a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.


  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)
  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • BSc, Physics and Computer Science, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania
  • BA, Photography, Film, and Media, Sapientia University, Romania