Damon Centola is an Assistant Professor of Economic Sociology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Damon's research focuses on the diffusion of collective behavior, including 1) social movements, 2) cultural differentiation, and 3) social epidemiology. His most recent work integrates theoretical results on social networks with applications to on-line communities and the dynamics of behavior change. His research won the 2006 and 2009 American Sociological Association's Award for Outstanding Article in Mathematical Sociology, and has been published in journals spanning sociology, political science, and physics. Damon was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard University, and has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution and the Santa Fe Institute.