Alina Lungeanu is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies in the College of Arts, Media and Design, with a joint appointment in the D’Amore McKim School of Business in the Management and Organizational Development Group. She also holds an appointment as a Core Member of the Network Science Institute (NetSI). Her research combines insights from social science and network science to examine how team networks configure to advance the frontier of science.


  • Ph.D. Technology and Social Behavior, Northwestern University, School of Communication & McCormick School of Engineering
  • M.Sc. Management Information Systems, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
  • B.Sc. Computer Science, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

Selected Publications

  • Lungeanu, A., Whalen, R., Wu, Y., DeChurch, L.A., & Contractor, N.S. (2023). Diversity, networks, and innovation: A text analytic approach to measuring expertise diversity. Network Science, 11(1), 36-64.
  • Lungeanu A., Mesmer-Magnus J., Niler, A.A., DeChurch, L.A., & Contractor, N.S. (2022) Organizing for Mars: How work patterns shape information network formation in spaceflight multiteam systems. Human Factors
  • Lungeanu, A., DeChurch, L. A., & Contractor, N. S. (2022). Leading teams over time through space: Computational experiments on leadership network archetypes. The Leadership Quarterly
  • Lungeanu, A., Carter D.R., DeChurch, L.A., & Contractor, N.S. (2018). How team interlock ecosystems shape the assembly of scientific teams: A hypergraph approach. Communication Methods and Measures, 12(2-3), 174-198.
  • Lungeanu, A. & Contractor, N.S. (2015). The effects of diversity and network ties on innovations: the emergence of a new scientific field. American Behavioral Scientist, 59(5), 548-564.

Awards and Recognition

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). “Composing Teams with TEAMSTaR: Tool for Evaluating and Mitigating Space Team Risk” (Award #80NSSC21K0925, 01/01/2021 -12/31/2024, $1,049,943) Co-Investigator
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) & National Institutes of Health (NIH). “SCISIPBIO: Understanding and Assembling Dream Teams to Conduct Clinical and Translational Science” (Award #R01GM1374100, 12/01/2019 -11/30/2023, $997,132). Principal Investigator
  • National Science Foundation (NSF). “Safe Bets and Risky Propositions: Leveraging Rich Data to Understand Scientific Diversity, Impact, and the Potential of Teams” (Award #1856090, 08/15/2019-07/31/2022, $549,663). Co-Investigator