Dean Eckles is a social scientist and statistician. He is a member of the Core Data Science team at Facebook. Starting in September 2015, he will be an Assistant Professor in the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how interactive technologies affect human behavior by mediating, amplifying, and directing social influence — and the statistical methods to study these processes. His current work uses large field experiments and observational studies. His research appears in peer reviewed proceedings and journals in computer science, marketing, and statistics. Dean holds degrees from Stanford University in philosophy (BA), cognitive science (BS, MS), and statistics (MS), and communication (PhD).