I study a wide range of topics related to human behavior, evolution, and culture. I’m interested in how large- and medium-scale social phenomena arise as individuals’ behaviors are structured by their environments, as well as the processes of dynamic feedback between individual behavior and social organization. Much of my work involves building mathematical models and computer simulations to generate and test hypotheses. Humans are notoriously bad at reasoning about complex systems. Building formal models scaffolds the imagination, facilitating new insights as well as new questions.
I currently work at the University of California, Davis as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the department of Political Science, where I’m using models and behavioral experiments to study coordination on human social networks. If you poke around this site, you can learn some more things about me, check out my publications, and in general see the sorts of things we’ve come to expect from the personal websites of academics.
NEWS: Starting July 2016, I will be joining the Department of Cognitive and Information Sciences at the University of California, Merced as an Assistant Professor.