I am a PhD Candidate in the IT group at MIT Sloan School of Management, advised by Erik Brynjolfsson, and will join Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, Seattle, as an assistant professor this fall. My research interests focus on social networks and digital strategy. My work aims to rethink the role of social networks in economics and organizations, leveraging the phenomena, data and research tools enabled by new technologies.

I am currently working on social advertising and product virality (i.e., how products go viral in social networks). I combine large-scale randomized network experimentation with other approaches (e.g., econometrics, statistics and machine learning) to identify the causal relationships among product virality, social influence, and network-embedded human behavior. I am also working on understanding how different incentives affect the content generated online and how recommendation algorithms shape reading behaviors in social media. Before beginning my studies at MIT, I received a bachelor degree from Tsinghua University and a Master’s degree from University of British Columbia.

shanh (at) mit (dot) edu