Associate Professor of Economics and 

Interim Director, Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences 

UC Irvine

I am an economist and game theorist working on an expanded model of human behavior in economics.
This has led me to new and emerging fields, including:

  • Cultural transmission of preferences 
  • Group identity 
  • Social norms 
  • Religious belief and organization
  • Social learning in ‘large worlds’

I am particularly interested in insights into social dynamics, economic development and political economy. 

Aside from my primary appointment, I am co-editor of the volume Advances in the Economics of Religion (Palgrave 2019), Board Member of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC), Associate of the Network for Economic Research on Identity, Norms and Narratives (ERINN), Faculty Fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), Faculty Affiliate of the Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization Center (ACO), the Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies (CGPACS) and the Religious Studies Program at UC Irvine.

My formal education was received at Oxford (DPhil, MPhil, Monash scholar) and the University of Western Australia. 

Working Papers



  • Advances in the Economics of Religion, co-edited with Sriya Iyer and Jared Rubin, Palgrave 2019.


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