Honglin (Carson) Bao

Honglin (Carson) Bao

A student in Organization, Behavior, and Computational Social Science

Digital, Data, and Design Institute

Harvard Business School


Hi there! My name is Honglin (Carson) Bao (he/him). I go by Honglin - 虹霖.

I have a multidisciplinary background in mathematics, computer science, economics, and evolutionary biology. In the summer of 2022, I have been moving to the Organization Unit and D^3 Institute at Harvard Business School, working with Drs. Anjali M. Bhatt, Amit Goldenberg, and lots of smart brains. I research “collective intelligence” in human society from the view of complex adaptive systems. I’m particularly interested in studying topics in the context of Science and Technology, Organization, Culture, Management, Cognition and Emotion using quantitative methods -(agent-based) simulation models, machine learning, trace data, network analysis, causal inference - and collaborating with experimental psychologists.

Prior to that, I graduated from Michigan State. I work with Dr. Misha Teplitskiy at the School of Information, U-Michigan, Ann Arbor, on Sociology of Science and Innovation. I work on several simulation models studying the collective emergent norms on networks with Dr. Zachary Neal (MSU Psychology) and the Koza Chair Dr. Wolfgang Banzhaf (MSU Computer Science). I also work with Dr. Winson Peng (MSU Communication) on big data-driven social media studies and computational social science.

I’m active in research collaboration. Contact me: baohlcs at gmail.com

  • Methodology - all around Computational Social Science
  • Substantive Area - Sociology of Organization & Innovation, Complex System



Data Sets, Tutorials, and Useful Resources

I value open science. These are my commitments to it.

CV of Successes & Failures

This is my standard CV.

Inspired by economist Dr. Johannes Haushofer, I also have a CV OF FAILURES – besides my accomplishments, I also talk about the papers that did not get accepted and the funding I did not get. I hope this idea can reduce survivorship bias in academia and relieve your (and my) “imposter syndrome” :)

  • I failed to get NSF funding with my collaborator at the management department, MSU Eli Broad business school. We intended to apply network analysis methods and evolutionary computing approaches to improve the robustness of supply chain networks.
  • I failed to get NSF BEACON funding for the project “Co-evolutionary Stability and Behaviors in Social Networks.” We intended to study the co-evolution of i) bounded-rational node (agent) behaviors with continuous representations and ii) the structure of open-ended signed networks, like the Siena model, and improve the inference process of agents' decision-making through heuristic approaches.


I have some very cool tattoos; one of my favorites is this piece. I dedicated many years to volunteering with LGBTQ public health in China.