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Sinan Aral a global authority on business analytics; award-winning researcher; entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. He is the David Austin Professor of Management, Marketing, IT and Data Science at MIT, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) and a founding partner at Manifest Capital. He was the chief scientist at SocialAmp, one of the first social commerce analytics companies (until its sale to Merkle in 2012) and at Humin, a social platform that the Wall Street Journal called the first “Social Operating System” (until its sale to Tinder in 2016). He is currently on the advisory boards of the Alan Turing Institute, the British National Institute for Data Science in London, the Center for Responsible Media Technology and Innovation in Bergen, Norway and C6 Bank, one of the first all-digital banks of Brazil.

His research has won numerous awards including the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, the PopTech Science Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, a Fulbright Scholarship, and the Jamieson Award for Teaching Excellence (MIT Sloan’s highest teaching honor). In 2014, he was named one of the “World’s Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40.” In 2018, he became the youngest ever recipient of the Herbert Simon Award of Rajk László College in Budapest, Hungary. In the same year, his article on the spread of false news online was published on the cover of Science and became the second most influential scientific publication of the year in any discipline, and his TED talk on “Protecting Truth in the Age of Misinformation,” which received over two million views in nine months, set the stage for today’s modern solutions to the misinformation crisis.

Sinan’s first book, The Hype Machine, which was named a 2020 Best Book on Artificial Intelligence by WIRED, a 2020 Porchlight Best “Big Ideas and New Perspectives” Book Award Winner and among the Best New Technology Books and Best New Economy Books to Read in 2021 by BookAuthority, became an instant classic.

Sinan earned his PhD at MIT and completed his Master’s degrees at the London School of Economics and at Harvard University. You can find him on Twitter @sinanaral and on Instagram @professorsinan.


Thinkers50 recognizes Aral

Aral and Eckles win for a working paper

"Fake news" research among the most discussed papers of 2018

Aral’s efforts to address “fake news” recognized

Aral wins Herbert Simon Award

Sinan Aral honored with best paper award

Sinan Aral appointed to Scientific Advisory Board


"Anticipating Outbreaks: A Prevention Role for Integrated Information Systems."

Aral, Sinan K., Stuart M. Berman and Sevgi O. Aral. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Vol. 29, No. 1 (2002): 6-12.

"Asymmetric Social Influence from Personalized Social Cues."

Sean J. Taylor, Eytan Bakshy, Dean Eckles and Sinan K. Aral. In Proceedings of the INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA: November 2014.

"Business Analytics: Radical Shift or Incremental Change."

Gillon, Kirstin, Sinan K. Aral, Ching-Yung Ling, Sunil Mithas and Mark Zozulia. Communications of the Association for Information Systems Vol. 34, No. 13 (2013): 287-296.

"Combining Network Science and Textual Content Analysis to Understand Information and Knowledge Networks."

Sinan K. Aral. In Proceedings of the Academy of Management Conference 2010, Philadelphia, PA: August 2010.

"Combining Network Science and Textual Content Analysis to Understand Information and Knowledge Networks."

Sinan K. Aral. In Sunbelt XXX Social Networks Conference, Riva del Garda, Italy: June 2010.

"Computational Social Science."

Lazer, David, Alex Pentland, Lada Adamic, Sinan Aral, Albert Laszlo-Barabasi, Devon Brewer, Nicholas A. Christakis, Noshir Contractor, James Fowler, Myron Gutmann, Tony Jebara, Gary King, Michael Macy, Deb Roy and Marshall van Alstyne. Science Vol. 323, No. 5915 (2009): 721-722.

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