Ben Rochford

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Hello! :)

I’m a first-year Sociology PhD student at Duke and an aspiring Computational Social Scientist. I did my undergrad in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. I want to investigate the cultural impacts of online social systems, and find ways to build technologies that facilitate healthy individual experiences and a world that is less divided.


I am advised by Chris Bail and study with Duke’s Polarization Lab.

Formerly, I worked with the Social Dynamics and Wellbeing Lab under Professor Munmun De Choudhury to explore disparities in mental health narratives using search engine data.


I’ve been a Software Engineering Intern at Pegasystems and Shentel in the past. When I’m not in Durham, I call historic Williamsburg Virginia my home. I play flute, piano, percussion, and produce electronic music. I am an Eagle Scout.


ben dot rochford at duke dot edu