I am Associate Professor of Economics and Logic & Philosophy of Science (by courtesy) at the University of California, Irvine and Interim Director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences.
I work on Culture, Identity and Religion, building dynamic models of interaction in heterogeneous populations. Agents in these models are economic: they have agency and (bounded) rationality. But they also have what can be called ‘rich motivation’, including the desire for self and peer esteem, imperfect empathy, aspirations, temptation, and ingroup bias. The aim is to understand social, economic and political institutions under diversity.
Topics I have worked on include:
I am co-editor of the volume Advances in the Economics of Religion (Palgrave 2018) , Associate of the Network for Economic Research on Identity, Norms and Narratives (ERINN), and Faculty Fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS).
I was educated at the University of Oxford (DPhil, MPhil) , where I was a Monash scholar, and the University of Western Australia. Before joining UC Irvine in 2011, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics at Oxford and was awarded a Robert Solow Fellowship by the Cournot Centre for Economic Studies, Paris.