Carl Zimmer, Riley Black, Anna Haensch, Tanya Maria Golash-Boza, and Dan Cohen are some of the best US-based bloggers who are in the academic or research field. While some well-known or most-followed influencers in the academic/research space are Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Steven Pinker, Atul Gawande, Eric Topol, and Dan Ariely. Details regarding these influencers are outlined below.
US-Based Academic or Research Bloggers
1. Carl Zimmer
- Carl Zimmer is considered to be one of the “internet’s best-known science bloggers.” He has been included in National Geographic’s network of science bloggers. Carl Zimmer is a Yale professor who teaches an undergraduate seminar called “Writing about Science, Medicine, and the Environment.” Aside from that, Zimmer also teaches workshops in science communication for Yale science graduate students.
- He had also been doing research in the field of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and has been writing about science since 1990. He is an “award-winning science columnist for the New York Times” who “has won the National Academies Communication Award and is also a three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award.”
- He blogs at carlzimmer.com. His writings, articles, podcasts, books, and talks can be found on that site. He can be contacted through his site’s contact form. Also, this is his LinkedIn profile and his Twitter account. He has 294,600 Twitter followers.
2. Riley Black
- Riley Black, just like Zimmer, is also in National Geographic‘s network of best-known science bloggers. He is a paleontologist and writer who is based in the southwestern US, particularly in Salt Lake City, Utah. Most of his studies are on prehistoric life.
- He blogs through the Laelaps section of Scientific American. Also, he has 26,300 Twitter followers. He can be reached through his Twitter or Facebook account.
3. Anna Haensch
- Anna Haensch is an associate professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is also a freelance math writer and “co-organizer of Women Advancing Arizona Mathematics.”
- She blogs at Blog on Math Blogs. This blog has been listed by Ex Ordo as one of the best academic blogs in 2019. Her email address is [email protected].
4. Tanya Maria Golash-Boza
- Tanya Maria Golash-Boza is a “professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced.” Before that, she taught at the University of Kansas as an assistant professor of Sociology and American Studies. Her field of research ranges from issues related to “race and identity in Peru to human rights to immigration policy and deportation.”
- Her blog, Get a Life, PhD, has been receiving 3.4 million page views. It has also been listed by Ex Ordo as one of the best academic blogs in 2019. She also has 10,500 Twitter followers. Her email address is [email protected].
5. Dan Cohen
- Dan Cohen is a professor of history, dean of the Libraries, and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration at the Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. His research field has been focused on “the impact of digital media and technology on all aspects of knowledge and learning, from the nature of libraries and their evolving resources to twenty-first-century research techniques and software tools to the changing landscape of communication and publication.”
- He blogs at dancohen.org. This blog has also been listed by FeedSpot as one of the top 15 academic blogs to follow in 2020. His email ad is [email protected].
Most-Followed Academic/Research Influencers
1. Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Neil deGrasse Tyson is considered to be one of America’s best-known scientists. He is an “astrophysicist who hosted ‘NOVA ScienceNow‘ and makes media appearances to encourage science and space exploration.” Aside from that, he also became popular for hosting the National Geographic TV series StarTalk, including the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Tyson also served as the director of the Hayden Planetarium, as well as a research assistant of the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
- In 2014, Science magazine listed him as one of the top 50 science stars of Twitter. He has a large following on Twitter, with 14.3 million current Twitter followers. His email address is [email protected].
2. Michio Kaku
- Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist, famed futurist, acclaimed public speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and radio/TV personality. He is the co-founder of the String Field Theory. String theory is his field of research. He was also listed by Science magazine as one of the top 50 science stars of Twitter in 2014.
- His Facebook page has more than 3 million likes and he has 750,300 Twitter followers. He has several contact information on his site. One of which is [email protected].
3. Steven Pinker
- Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and a “Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.” His research is in the field of language and cognition, particularly on social relations, psycholinguistics, and visual cognition. He also writes books and he writes for publications such as The Atlantic, Time, and the New York Times.
- His Twitter profile shows that he is being followed by 682,900 people. He can be contacted through his site.
4. Atul Gawande
- Atul Gawande is a “surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.” He won “two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.”
- He has 361,500 Twitter followers and he can be reached through his site’s contact form.
5. Eric Topol
- Eric Topol is a professor of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute. He is also the founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. He conducts research at “individualized medicine, using the genome and digital technologies to understand each person at the biologic, physiologic granular level to determine appropriate therapies and prevention.”
- He has 339,500 Twitter followers. His email address is [email protected] while his phone number is (858) 784-2024.
6. Dan Ariely
- Dan Ariely is a “James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight.” His research field is in behavioral economics, particularly “on the irrational ways people behave.”
- He has 192,500 Twitter followers. He can be reached through this site.