Bernard Koch

Bernard Koch

Graduate Student

Office: 108 Haines Hall - Computational Sociology Reactor

Email: bernardkoch@ucla.edu

Personal Website

Curriculum Vitae


Biography

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

Degrees

  • B.A. in Biology with a Cognitive Science minor, Swarthmore College, 2013 
  • M.A. in Sociology, UCLA, 2018 
  • C.Phil. in Sociology, UCLA, 2020

Fields of Study

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

Publications

I have preprints here too!

Awards & Grants

  • UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2022
  • UCLA Sociology Silton Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award, 2022
  • 2021 NeurIPS Datasets & Benchmarks Track, Best Paper
  • 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