David Liben-Nowell

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; I've worked on problems in computational biology, complexity of games, peer-to-peer systems, and psycholinguistics.

Other interests, just because: Adam Gopnik, Churchill College, 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 (see also someone who's learned a few of my tricks), Richard Russo, road biking, Says You!, ultimate.


I'm on sabbatical during 2015–2016. I'm still reading email but I may be slower to respond than usual.

Spring 2016 Teaching:


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Contact information:

Department of Computer Science
Carleton College
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: 11 April 2016.