I am currently serving as Associate Department Chair of Mathematics and teaching several of the upper level Mathematics courses here at SUNY Empire State College. I have been teaching for Empire State College since 2008 and have developed courses such as Graph Theory and Abstract Algebra. I have several tutorial videos for these subjects and more on my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CBlissMath

I am interested in dynamical processes on large, evolving complex networks. Many phenomena can be modeled as complex systems; systems from which emergent properties arise from nonlinear localized dynamics. With the increased availability of in situ network data, many questions of scientific interest previously addressed through analysis and simulation can now be explored through computation in a “big data” framework. I am especially interested in characterizing time-varying complex networks from incomplete or noisy data, the description and explanation of evolutionary network dynamics, and contagious processes on networks. For more information on my research, see my Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=QRMmdnsAAAAJ&hl=en


  • Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from University of Vermont
  • M.S. in Mathematics from University of Vermont
  • M.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy from University of Miami
  • B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University


  • Bliss, C. A., Danforth, C. M. & Dodds, P. S. Bliss, C. A., Danforth, C. M., & Dodds, P. S. (2014). Estimation of global network statistics from incomplete data. PloS one, 9(10), e108471. [Data available] http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0108471
  • Bliss, C. A., Frank, M. R., Danforth, C. M., & Dodds, P. S. (2014). An Evolutionary Algorithm Approach to Link Prediction in Dynamic Social Networks. Journal of Computational Science, 5(5):750-764. http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.6257
  • Yeager, C., Hurley-Dasgupta, B., & Bliss, C. A. (2013). cMOOCs and Global Learning: An Authentic Alternative. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 17(2). http://sloanconsortium.org/jaln/v17n2/cmoocs-and-global-learning-authentic-alternative.
  • Bliss, C. A., Kloumann, I. M., Harris, K. D., Danforth, C. M., & Dodds, P. S. (2012). Twitter reciprocal reply networks exhibit assortativity with respect to happiness. Journal of Computational Science, 3(5), 388-397. http://arxiv.org/abs/1112.1010
  • Dodds, P. S., Harris, K. D., Kloumann, I. M., Bliss, C. A., & Danforth, C. M. (2011). Temporal patterns of happiness and information in a global social network: Hedonometrics and Twitter. PloS one, 6(12), e26752. http://arxiv.org/abs/1101.5120
  • Bliss, C. A., & Lawrence, B. (2009). Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? A comparison of small group and whole class discussion board activity in online courses. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 13(4), 25-39.
  • Bliss, C. A., & Lawrence, B. (2009). From posts to patterns: A metric to characterize discussion board activity in online courses. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 13(2), 15-32. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ862344