Alina Lungeanu

Research Assistant Professor, School of Communication

Office: Frances Searle Building, 1-459A


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Research interests: Social networks, computational social science, science of science, teams


Ph.D. in Technology and Social Behavior, Northwestern University

Current projects


Graduate Dissertation Award , Northwestern University, School of Communication, 2016

Funded Research

The National Science Foundation, Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) & the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS): “SCISIPBIO: Understanding and Assembling Dream Teams to Conduct Clinical and Translational Science” (Award #R01GM1374100, 12/01/2019 -11/30/2023); Alina Lungeanu (PI), Griffin Weber (MPI), Noshir Contractor (Co-PI), Leslie DeChurch (Co-PI). Budget: $997,132

National Science Foundation, Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP): “Safe Bets and Risky Propositions: Leveraging Rich Data to Understand Scientific Diversity, Impact, and the Potential of Teams” (Award #1856090, 08/15/2019-07/31/2022); Noshir Contractor (PI), Alina Lungeanu (Co-PI), Leslie DeChurch (Co-PI). Budget: $549,663

Selected Publications

Whalen, R., Lungeanu, A., DeChurch, L.A., & Contractor, N.S.  (2020). Patent similarity data and innovation metrics. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 17(3), 615-639.

Mesmer-Magnus, J.R., Lungeanu, A., Harris, A., Niler, A., DeChurch, L.A., & Contractor, N.S. (forthcoming). Working in space: Managing transitions between tasks. In L. Landon, K. Slack, & E. Salas (Eds.), Psychology and Human Performance in Space Programs: Extreme Application.

Antone, B., Lungeanu, A., Bell, S., DeChurch, L.A., Contractor, N.S. (forthcoming). Modeling team composition for long-duration space exploration: A guide to agent-based approaches. In L. Landon, K. Slack, & E. Salas (Eds.), Psychology and Human Performance in Space Programs: Research at the Frontier.

Lungeanu, A., Carter D.R., DeChurch, L.A., & Contractor, N.S. (2018). How team interlock ecosystems shape the assembly of scientific teams: A hypergraph approach. Communication Methods and Measures, 12(2-3), 174-198.

Norton, W., Lungeanu, A., Chambers, D., & Contractor, N.S. (2017). Mapping the growing discipline of dissemination and implementation science in health. Scientometrics, 112(3), 1367-1390.

Graif, C., Lungeanu, A., & Yetter, A. (2017). Neighborhood isolation in Chicago: Violent crime effects on structural isolation and homophily in inter-neighborhood commuting networks, 2002-2013. Social Networks, 51(C), 40-59.

Lungeanu, A. & Contractor, N. S. (2015). The effects of diversity and network ties on innovations: The emergence of a new scientific field. American Behavioral Scientist, 59(5), 548-564.

Lungeanu, A., Sullivan, S., Wilensky. U, & Contractor, N.S. (2015). A computational model of team assembly in emerging scientific fields. Proceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference, Huntington Beach, Edited by CA. L. Yilmaz, W. K. V. Chan, I. Moon, T. M. K. Roeder, C. M. Macal & M. D. Rossetti (Eds.).

Sullivan, S., Lungeanu, A., DeChurch, L.A., & Contractor, N.S. (2015). Space, time, and the development of shared leadership networks in multiteam systems. Network Science, 3(S01), 124-155.

Lungeanu, A., Huang, Y., & Contractor, N. S. (2014). Understanding the assembly of interdisciplinary teams and its impact on performance. Journal of Informetrics, 8(1), 59-70.