Michael Prietula

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  • Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management
  • Phone: (404) 727-8761
  • Fax: (404) 727-6313

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Michael J. Prietula (PhD, MPH) is Professor in the Goizueta Business School, a senior faculty member in Emory's Center for Neuropolicy, and is visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and his research focuses on agent-based models of individuals, groups and institutions; the neuroscience of beliefs and choice; the use of information technology in public health interventions; and, building computational models of narrative interaction. Dr. Prietula teaches courses in decision making, social simulation, and the business/social/health impacts of political violence and terrorism. Dr. Prietula has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Naval Research, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His work has been published in journals such as Management Science, Organization Science, ORSA Journal on Computing, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Cognitive Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, PLoSONE, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Brain Connectivity, and the Harvard Business Review. Formerly, he has been a faculty member at Dartmouth College, Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Prietula is also a Research Scholar at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, a leading interdisciplinary research center that develops pioneering technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities.

Areas of Specialization

  • Computational modeling of individuals and groups
  • Studying the neurobiological foundations of belief and choice
  • Studying the neurobiological consequences of economic disparity
  • Studying how organizations respond and collaborate in crisis events
  • Studying how business and public health can collaborate
  • Studying how information technology can facilitate public health interventions

Memberships and Activities

  • Faculty Member, Emory's Center for Neuropolicy
  • External Research Scholar, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Cambridge University
  • Board of Directors Member, Emory's Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience


  • Ph.D. in Information Systems, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1985