Zachary Neal


Zachary Neal

  • Title: Associate Professor of Psychology and Global Urban Studies
  • Email:    Phone: 517-432-1811
  • Office: Psychology 134B

Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009


"I have a PhD in Sociology, mainly publish my work in Geography and Urban Studies journals, and work in a Psychology department. Some might see this as ""undisciplined"" but I think the term ""interdisciplinary"" sounds better. I currently have two streams of substantive research. One is focused on measuring and understanding the implications of economic networks among world cities, while the other is focused on improving the use of research evidence in public schools. In connection to the latter focus, I co-direct the Michigan School Program Information (MiSPI) Project, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the William T. Grant Foundation. I also am active in methodological research on network science, and in particular on the use of bipartite graphs to infer social ties (e.g. can we infer a political alliance exists between two senators if they sponsor many of the same bills?). 

In addition to my research, I regularly teach graduate-level seminars in the Psychology department, most recently on Network Analysis and Agent-Based Simulation Models. I also serve as Editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs, Associate Editor of Global Networks, Book Series Editor for Routledge's Metropolis and Modern Life Series, and on the Editorial Board for City & Community. I am happy to meet with students from any department that have overlapping research interests; please just send me an email."

Associated Programs: Psychology; Global Urban Studies
Research Areas: Community and Urban
Selected Publications:

"Neal, Z. P. (2016). The Routledge Handbook of Applied System Science. New York: Routledge. 

van Meeteren, M., Neal, Z. P., & Derudder, B. (2016). Disentangling agglomeration and network externalities: A conceptual typology. Papers in Regional Science 95, 61 – 80. 

Neal, Z. P. (2015) Making big communities small: Using network science to understand the ecological and behavioral requirements for community social capital. American Journal of Community Psychology 55, 369 – 380. 

Neal, Z. P. (2014). The backbone of bipartite projections: Inferring relationships from co-authorship, co-sponsorship, co-attendance and other co-behaviors. Social Networks 39, 84 – 97. 

Neal, Z. P. (2013). The Connected City: How Networks are Shaping the Modern Metropolis. New York: Routledge."

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