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Kate Anderson is an assistant professor of economics and entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a social scientist who uses computational methods to study social networks. In particular, she studies the structure, formation, and dynamics of scientific collaboration networks, skill diversity and synergy, and the complexities of human capital.

She is married to a physicist, which means they need just one more person to tell a geeky joke (a physicist and an economist walk into a bar...)

 
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She has two children: an 8 year old daughter (expert in story telling, robots, monkeys, building things out of junk, programming, rock climbing, and modern dance) and a 5 year old son (expert in Lego, art, cooking, atoms, dinosaurs & early reptiles, Magic the Gathering, and running until he falls down).

In a previous life, she was an extremely dorky Grinnell college student, math tutor, middling bassoon player, long-distance cyclist, climber, and moderately talented photographer and printmaker.