On leaving Harvard in 1984, Carley secured a position as Associate Professor of Sociology and Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University where she remains based. In 1990 she became Associate Professor of Sociology and Organizations, in 1998 Professor of Sociology, Organizations and IT, and in 2002 attained her current role as Professor of Computation, Organization and Society. Since 1998 she has also held appointments in other CMU schools and departments; the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Heinz College, Tepper School of Business and Department of Engineering and Public Policy.
Carley's research combines cognitive science, sociology and computer science to address complex social and organizational problems. Her most notable research contribution was the establishment of Dynamic network analysis (DNA). In addition, she has also contributed to research on computational social and organization theory, adaptation and evolution, text mining, and the impact of telecommunication technologies and policy on communication, information diffusion, disease contagion and response within and among groups particularly in disaster or crisis situations, and dynamic network methods.
^Geoffrey P. Morgan and Kathleen M. Carley, "Exploring the impact of a stochastic hiring function in dynamic organizations," In proceedings of the Behavioral Representation in Modeling and Simulation (BRIMS) Conference, Sundance, UT, March 23, 2011, Pp. 106-113. Best Student Paper award.
^Marcelo Cataldo, Patrick Wagstrom, James Herbsleb and Kathleen M.
Carley, 2006, "Identification of Coordination Requirements: Implications for the design of collaboration and awareness tools", Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Best Papers of CSCW 2006, pp.
353 - 362. Available from:
Best Paper CSCW 2006, Awarded by ACM SIGCHI.
^Judith A. Effken, Kathleen M. Carley, Sheila Gephart, Joyce A. Verran, Denise Bianchi, Jeff Reminga and Barbara B. Brewer, 2011, "Using ORA to Explore the Relationship of Nursing Unit Communication to Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes," International Journal of Medical Informatics,
80.7: 507-517. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2011.03.015
^Vanessa Hill and Kathleen M. Carley, 2008, "Win Friends and Influence
People: Relationships as Conduits of Organizational Culture in Temporary Placement Agencies," Journal of Management Inquiry, 17.4: 369-379. Link: [jmi.sagepub.com]
^Zhiang Lin and Kathleen M. Carley, 2001, "Organizational Design and Adaptation in Response to Crises: Theory and Practice," AoM Best Papers Proceedings. Edited by In Dennis H. Nagao (Ed.), Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Washington, D.C., August 3–8, "How Governments Matter," Academy of Management Proceedings 2001, Academy of Management, Washington D.C. OMT: B1-B6.
^ abKathleen M. Carley, Michael K. Martin and Brian Hirshman, 2009, "The Etiology of Social Change," Topics in Cognitive Science, 1.4:621-650.
^Yi Chang, Jana Diesner and Kathleen M. Carley, 2011, "Towards Automated Definition Acquisition from Operations Law," Transaction/Journal: IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C: Applications and Reviews, 41.4.
^Pietro Panzarasa, T. Opsahl and Kathleen M. Carley, 2009, "Patterns and dynamics of users' behavior and interaction: Network analysis of an online community," Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 60.5: 911-932. doi:10.1002/asi.v60:5
^Matthias Meyer, Michael A. Zaggl, and Kathleen M. Carley, 2011, "Measuring CMOT’s intellectual structure and its development,"
Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory, 17.1: 1-34. doi:10.1007/s10588-010-9076-0
^Kathleen M. Carley, Eric Malloy and Neal Altman, 2011, "Multi-Agent Modeling of Biological and Chemical Threats," Infectious Disease Informatics and Biosurveillance, Edited by Zeng, D.; Chen, H.; Castillo-Chavez, C.; Lober, W.B.; Thurmond, M. (Eds.), Springer, New York, Ch. 16: 361-380.
^Terrill L. Frantz and Kathleen M. Carley, 2010, "Toward A Confidence Estimate For The Most-Central-Actor Finding," Sage Publications/RM division Best Student Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.