John Laudun is Professor of Social Information Systems with the U.S. Army's Combined Arms Center, where he is faculty member in the Army Management Staff College. He studies discourse, social networks, and narrative, using data from diverse social networks (including social media) and tools from data science and culture analytics.

A Javits Fellow and MacArthur Scholar, John's research appears in international and national journals. His 2016 book, The Amazing Crawfish Boat, which focuses on creativity within a small network embedded within a larger cultural economy, was chosen to be a part of the Mellon Foundation's Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World series. He is currently working on a book on "The Shape of Small Stories."

In addition to scholarship, Laudun has written for a variety of publications, produced a CD, and a series of segments for public television. His work has been covered by a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the The Atlanta Constitution, among others. He considers himself lucky to have been supported by a number of organizations in his development, including the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, the MacArthur Scholarship from the Indiana Center for Global Change and World Peace, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation for opportunities their funding made possible.

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Cultural Informatics Researcher focused on Stories, People, Networks