I am an evolutionary social scientist fascinated by the origins of human ultrasociality – our ability to organize ourselves into societies capable of large-scale cooperation and large-scale conflict. I use ethnographic methods and the mathematical tools of game theory, evolutionary theory, network theory and organizational economics to understand the cultural origins of human cooperation, especially in the context of war.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University. I am also a member of the Adaptation, Behavior, Culture and Society research group at ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
I was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and, before that, a member of the Cultural Evolution and Human Behavioral Ecology Labs at the University of California, Davis.