Noshir Contractor

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Noshir Contractor
BornOctober 16, 1959
Chakardharpur, India
ResidenceEvanston, Illinois
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology Madras
University of Southern California
Scientific career
FieldsOrganizational communication, Network science
InstitutionsNorthwestern University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Indian Institute of Technology
University of Southern California
ThesisA dynamic reformulation of perceptions of inequity: Their organizational antecedents and outcomes (1988)

Noshir S. Contractor is a Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the School of Engineering, School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the director of Sonic Lab [1] and is also the director of Web Science Trust.[2] In 2014, Professor Contractor was awarded the prestigious National Communication Association (NCA) Distinguished Scholar Award, honoring "a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication." [3]


Contractor completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication at the University of Southern California in 1987. Prior to this he received a Master of Arts in Communication also from USC in 1986 and a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras[4] (Chennai) in 1983, where he was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2018.



He has published more than 250 research papers[5][6][7] in the area of social communication networks.[8] He is known for the Multi-Theoretical Multi-Level (MTML) Framework with Peter Monge described in detail in Theories of Communication Networks.[9] He is one of the principal investigators of the Virtual Worlds Observatory project.


  1. ^ Sonic Lab
  2. ^ Professor Noshir Contractor joins Web Science Trust
  3. ^ NCA Awards
  4. ^ "Noshir Contractor – Director". Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  5. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  6. ^ Noshir Contractor publications indexed by Google Scholar
  7. ^ Noshir Contractor at DBLP Bibliography Server
  8. ^ Lazer, D.; Pentland, A.; Adamic, L.; Aral, S.; Barabasi, A. -L.; Brewer, D.; Christakis, N.; Contractor, N.; Fowler, J.; Gutmann, M.; Jebara, T.; King, G.; Macy, M.; Roy, D.; Van Alstyne, M. (2009). "SOCIAL SCIENCE: Computational Social Science". Science. 323 (5915): 721–723. doi:10.1126/science.1167742. PMC 2745217. PMID 19197046.
  9. ^ Contractor, Noshir S.; Monge, Peter R. (2003). Theories of communication networks. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-516037-1.