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James Fowler to deliver 2nd Annual Pi Sigma Alpha Lecture

“Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives”

The USC chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, is pleased to announce a public lecture featuring Professor James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego. Fowler is Professor of Political Science in the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Medicine in the Medical Genetics Division at UCSD, and was recently named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Professor Fowler is the author of an award-winning book on social networks with Nicholas Christakis (Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives) and has appeared on Stephen Colbert’s program on Comedy Central to discuss his work. His research is situated at the nexus of the natural and social sciences, and involves social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, and genopolitics (the study of the genetic basis of political behavior). Professor Fowler's work has appeared in journals including Nature, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics.

The lecture – to be delivered on Wednesday, February 8 at 7pm in the Gambrell Hall Auditorium (Room153) – is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by USC’s Gamma Chi Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national office of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Department of Political Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more details, please contact Professor Charles Finocchiaro at

Wednesday, February 8, 2012