I'm an associate professor in
the Department of
Computer Science at Carleton
College. My interests are focused on the structure and evolution
of social networks. I'm also generally interested in the application
of theoretical computer science to problems in a variety of other
areas, within and beyond computer science; in the past, I've worked on
problems in computational biology, complexity of games, and
Other interests, just because: Adam Gopnik,
coffeeshops, Cornell, Cornell hockey,
Cornell hockey, cricket, crossword puzzles (solving and
writing), donuts, Eddie From Ohio,
Harry Chapin, Kris
Delmhorst, the Magnetic
Fields, learning Yiddish, making lists, Quite Interesting, punting
someone who's learned a few of my tricks), road biking, Says You!, ultimate.
I'm going to be housed in the Weitz Center for Creativity for the next
few years. Come visit! Weitz 225C. But if you look for me in the
CMC, you won't find me in my old office.
Fall 2014 Teaching:
Especially for incoming first-year students:
- CS 111 Fall 2014, 1a Monday/Wednesday and "lab" sections
Thursday/Friday morning. See http://introcs.weebly.com for
more information. First-year students are welcome!
If you have
questions about the course or if you're thinking about taking CS 111,
I'd love to hear from you! Drop me an email, and I'll try to answer
your questions (and persuade you to take the class in the
- Spring 2014 office hours:
3:00–4:00p Mondays (Weitz); 9:50–11:00a Wednesdays (Weitz); and 2:30–3:30p Thursdays (Sayles).
To make an appointment to meet at other times, send me an email. Give
me at least 24 hours of notice, and list several times that you
would be available to meet in your email.
- If you'd like me to write a letter of recommendation for you,
please read and follow these
- If you're an outstanding math/science student interested in the
Goldwater or the Churchill, please read the internal Carleton
and contact Mike Flynn for an appointment.
- Q: Hey you! What should I call you?
A: "David" will do quite nicely, thank you very much. "Dave"
is a perfectly fine name, but Dave ain't me. (Thanks to Charles
Leiserson for the FAQ idea.)
- Q: Hey you! I'd rather call you Professor/Doctor
Liben-Nowell. How is that pronounced?
A: It's pronounced many different ways, but the correct one
rhymes with "ribbon towel."
Department of Computer Science
One North College St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Voice: +1 507 222 4679|
Fax: +1 507 222 4312
Email: "dlibenno" concatenated with "@carleton" and then ".edu".
(For personal email, please use "dlibennowell@" concatenated with "gmail.com".)
Last updated: 16 May 2014.