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Christopher J. Mackie

Christopher J. Mackie is Associate Program Officer in the Research in Information Technology program at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He holds Ph.D. and Masters degrees from Princeton University, a Masters degree from the University of Michigan, and an A.B. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A computational modeler and social complexity theorist by training, he has also published in the fields of regulatory theory, social research methods, and education, energy, and health policy. His most recent academic work involves the application of advances in cognitive and affective neuroscience and psycholinguistics to symbolic interactionist theory, in order to model the emergence of human identity at the intersection of individual discourse processing and social and institutional information flows; in the furtherance of that project, he spent several years teaching computers how to feel.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Mackie held both research and administrative positions in corporate healthcare and higher education information technology, and served as an I.T. consultant to domestic and international not-for-profit agencies.