James Caverlee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on web-scale information management, distributed data-intensive systems, and social computing. Most recently, he's been working on (i) spam and crowdturfing threats to social media and web systems; and (ii) geo-social systems that leverage large-scale spatio-temporal footprints in social media.
Caverlee is a recipient of the 2010 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award, the 2012 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award, a 2012 NSF CAREER Award, and has been named a Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence Montague-CTE Scholar for 2011-2012.
Caverlee received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2007, M.S. degrees in Computer Science (2001) and in Engineering-Economic Systems & Operations Research (2000) from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Economics from Duke University (1996, magna cum laude).
Some Personal TidbitsAha ... since you're still interested, here's a bit more about my past. I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Notable Shreveporters include O.J. Simpson Dream Team attorney Johnnie Cochran, world class golfers David Toms and Hal Sutton, concert pianist Van Cliburn, the brilliant artist William Joyce, and my favorite political figure, historian, and grandfather James C. Gardner. Elvis Presley got his start at the Louisiana Hayride in the local Municipal Auditorium (also the site of my high school graduation).
Anyway, after graduating from C.E. Byrd High School, I traveled east to Duke University, home of the 1991, 1992, 2001, and 2010 NCAA basketball champs. Later, I moved to Washington, DC and worked for a few years at the consulting firm LECG, before heading cross-country to the beautiful Bay Area and Stanford University. I also worked off-and-on for the Bay Area-based strategy and consulting firms R.B. Webber and ValueScience. Sherry and I got married in 2000, moved back east to Atlanta, started a family, and I finished up my PhD at Georgia Tech. Now we’re in the Texas heartland enjoying College Station and all that a friendly college-town has to offer.