Grad Students

Bernard Koch



Contact Information

Email    bernardkoch@ucla.edu
Office  Haines 108 - Computational Sociology Reactor

Hello! I'm Bernie. I made a website where you can find up-to-date info about me.

Fields of Study

Science of Science, Culture, Cultural Evolution, AI Ethics, Computational Social Science

Publications

I have preprints here too!

Grants and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2021
  • UCLA Sociology Silton Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award, 2021
  • Templeton Foundation Education Development Grant, Primary Investigator, Jun 2019
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2018-2021
  • University of California Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship, 2017-2018
  • University of California Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship, 2017 & 2018
  • University of California Dean's Scholar Award, 2016-2021 (declined)
  • University of California Dr. Ursula Mandel Scholarship, 2016 -2017
  • 2014 NHGRI Genome Recognition of Employee Accomplishment and Talents Award (as member of a team)

Conference Presentations

  • Koch BJ, Dasgupta K, Silvestro D, Panofsky A. White Supremacist Trees in an Academic Forest. American Sociological Assocation, Oral Session, (virtual), August 2021
  • Koch BJ, Sainburg T, Jiang S, Foster JG, Sun Y. Deep Learning of Potential Outcomes. Population Association of America, Oral Session, San Francisco CA (virtual), May 2021.
  • Koch BJ, Sainburg T, Jiang S, Foster JG, Sun Y. Deep Learning of Potential Outcomes. American Sociological Association, Oral Session on Methodology, San Francisco CA (virtual), August 2020.
  • Koch BJ, Silvestro D, and Foster JG. Evolutionary Dynamics of Cultural Change. American Sociological Association, Oral Session on Culture, San Francisco CA (virtual), August 2020.
  • Koch BJ, Silvestro D, and Foster JG. The Birth and Death of Cultural Things: Explaining Cultural Evolution Through Bayesian Analysis of Diversification Rates. American Sociological Association, Oral Session on Computational Sociology, New York NY, August 2019.
  • Koch BJ, Silvestro D, and Foster JG. The Birth and Death of Cultural Things: Explaining Cultural Evolution Through Bayesian Analysis of Diversification Rates. International Conference for Computational Social Science, Amsterdam NL, July 2019.
  • Koch BJ, Silvestro D, and Foster JG. The birth and (brutal, blackened) death of cultural things: a macroevolutionary history of metal music 1968-2000. Cultural Evolution Society, Tempe AZ, October 2018.
  • Koch BJ, Roseman JE. Understanding Speciation at the High School Level: An NGSS-Aligned Mental Model and Relevant Misconceptions. Accepted for presentation at National Association For Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference, Baltimore MD, April 2016.

Advisors

Jacob Foster, Daniele Silvestro (University of Gothenburg), Aaron Panofsky, Omar Lizardo

Degrees

B.A. in Biology with a Cognitive Science minor, Swarthmore College, 2013

M.A. in Sociology, UCLA, 2018