Active Research Projects

Research Interests

  • Mathematical models of cultural transmission and social learning
  • statistical methods for fitting transmission models to empirical data, both contemporary and archaeological
  • coarse-graining and renormalization theory in linking micro and macro descriptions in the social sciences
  • statistical physics as exemplar and framework for many-body problems in the social sciences
  • hidden-variable models of cultural transmission dynamics
  • simulation methods
  • seriation and culture-historical methods and their link to cultural transmission models
  • Darwinian evolutionary theory and models of cultural change
  • game theory and realistic replicator/transmission models
  • adaptive network models combining population structure, cultural transmission, and game theoretic interactions