Honglin (虹霖) Bao

Innovation, Complex Systems, and AI for Social Science


Digital, Data, and Design Institute -- my official D^3@Harvard page

Harvard Business School

Hi there! I am Honglin (he/him), a computational social science research associate at D^3/Harvard Business School. 

My overall research vision is to harness big data and AI to understand and accelerate innovation in science and technology for the betterment of society.

My papers appear in top peer-reviewed journals and proceedings across computer science, statistical physics/network science, and social sciences including Nature Communications.

I have training in mathematics, computer science, social science, and evolutionary biology and my research benefits from multidisciplinary theories. Before HBS I graduated from Michigan State. I am from Northeastern China where I volunteered for LGBTQ health for years. 

Drop me an email for collaboration - hbao at hbs dot edu or baohlcs at gmail dot com.

Selected Papers

I occasionally advertise my papers through my Twitter(X) highlights.

"Cultural Ties" Shape Schools of Thought [Paper]

Revise & Resubmit, Poetics

Twitter thread

Presented at AS(ociology)A 2023 Science Knowledge and Technology section and HBS D^3 research workshop 2023 Slides

"Bad" Citing Reduces the Reproduction of Inequality in Science [Paper]

Nature Communications, 2024

Selected media coverage “Swarm Agents Club”; Twitter thread

Code and data; Presented at Computational Organization Modeling Society Brown Bag Seminar 2023 and HBS D^3 research workshop 2022 Slides

Selected Work in Progress