Sinan Aral

David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan

Sinan Aral is the David Austin Professor of Management at MIT, where he is a Professor of IT & Marketing, Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and where he co-leads MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. 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 a founding partner at Manifest Capital and on the Advisory Board of the Alan Turing Institute, the British National Institute for Data Science, in London. Sinan was the Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Times R&D Lab in 2013 and has worked closely with Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Yahoo, Jet.com, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Cisco, Oracle, SAP and many other leading Fortune 500 firms on realizing business value from big data analytics, social media and IT investments. Sinan’s research has won numerous awards including the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, the PopTech Science Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award and a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2014, he was named one of the “World’s Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40” by Poets and Quants and, in 2018, received the Herbert Simon Award of Rajk László College in Budapest. He is the author of the upcoming book The Hype Machine, about how social media is disrupting our democracy, our economy, and our public health. Sinan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University, holds Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University, and received his Ph.D. from MIT. He enjoys cooking, skiing and telling jokes about his own cooking and skiing. His most recent hobby is learning from his four-year-old son.

Twitter- @sinanaral.

Past Appearances

Knowledge@Wharton: March 11, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Gregory Zuckerman (Special Writer, Wall Street Journal), Andrew Karolyi (Deputy Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs, SC Johnson College of Business), Itay Goldstein (Joel S. Ehrenkranz Family Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics, the Wharton School), Regina Abrami (Director of the Global Program and Head of International Studies, Lauder Institute at University of Pennsylvania), Richard Dasher (Director of Stanford University’s U.S. – Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), and Sinan Aral (David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan) on the Monday, March 11, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, March 11, 2019

Knowledge@Wharton: December 11, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Richard Robert (Editor, Paris Innovation Review), Ronald Granieri (Director of Research, The Lauder Institute), Felix Mormann (Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law), Michelle Egan (Professor, School of International Service; Global Fellow, Wilson Center, American University), Michael Gerrard (Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School), Brendan O’Leary (The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton), and Sinan Aral (David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan) on the Tuesday, December 11, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Knowledge@Wharton: November 16, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by John Woodrow Cox (Enterprise Reporter, The Washington Post), Jane E Kirtley (Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota), Ravin Jesuthasan (Co-Author of “Reinventing Jobs”; Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson), John Boudreau (Co-Author of “Reinventing Jobs”; Professor of Management Organization, Research Director, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California), Andrea Matwyshyn (Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Northeastern University), Tobias Barrington Wolff (Law Professor, University of Pennsylvania), and Sinan Aral (David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan) on the Friday, November 16, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, November 16, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: May 23, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Lily Zheng (Co-Author of “Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace”), Julianna Pillemer (Doctoral Candidate in Management, The Wharton School, Univ of Pennsylvania), Alan Sykes (Professor of Law; Director, Program in International Economic Law, Business and Policy, Stanford Law School), Andrea Matwyshyn (Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Northeastern University), Roger Clark (Founding Member and Managing Partner; Visiting Professor, The Clark Law Group; Rutgers Law School Camden), Nancy Rothbard (Professor of Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania), and Sinan Aral (David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan) on the Wednesday, May 23, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Knowledge@Wharton: May 16, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Alyssa Ayres (Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia; Author of “Our Time Has Come”, Council on Foreign Relations), Elston He (Co-Founder, The Shift Fund), Pratyusha Yalamanchi (Co-Founder, Shift Fund), Mukul Pandya (Executive Director and Editor-in-chief, Knowledge@Wharton), John Paul MacDuffie (Professor of Management; Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), the Wharton School; Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), and Sinan Aral (David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan) on the Wednesday, May 16, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: March 20, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Leah Weiss (Dr. Leah Weiss, Stanford Graduate School of Business), Evan Anderson (Senior Lecturer, Senior Fellow, UPenn School of Nursing, Center for Public Health Initiatives), Carla Minet (Jounralist and Executive Director, Center for Investigative Journalism, Puerto Rico), Carlos Suárez Carrasquillo (Lecturer, University of Florida, Department of Political Science, International Studies Program), Anita Gupta (Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Drexel College of Medicine), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), and Sinan Aral (David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan) on the Tuesday, March 20, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Digital Show: September 29, 2014

Hosts Kartik Hosanagar, Kevin Werbach, and Reed Hundt are joined by Bernie Tenenbaum (Managing Partner, Lodestone Global) and Sinan Aral (David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan) on the Monday, September 29, 2014 edition of The Digital Show.Read More

Air Date: Monday, September 29, 2014

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Sinan Aral is the David Austin Professor of Management at MIT, where he is a Professor of IT & Marketing, Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and where he co-leads MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. He was the Chief Scientist at SocialAmp, one of the firstRead More

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