The Power of Friends

James Fowler delivered this keynote talk on May 1, 2015 at the Institute for Social Sciences conference series Leading Research in the Social Sciences Today. Fowler is a professor of political science and medical genetics at UC San Diego.

Fowler's research on genopolitics has been featured in New York Times Magazine's Year in Ideas. His work on overconfidence has been featured in Discover Magazine's Year in Science. His research on social networks has been featured in Time's Year in Medicine (twice), and in Harvard Business Review's Breakthrough Business Ideas.

Learn more about James Fowler.

The 2015 ISS conference series showcased world-class research by social scientists across UC Davis and by top researchers from across the country. Each day of the conference focused on a unique aspect of inquiry, including people in societies, perceptions and reality and the role of social networks in decision making. This conference was co-sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change.