Prominent Scholar Robert Axtell Joins Mason Faculty

Posted: October 3, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Nationally-preeminent computational social science scholar Robert Axtell has joined the faculty of George Mason’s Center for Social Complexity, part of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study.

Axtell, who comes to Mason after serving as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution since 1992, will continue his research on computational social science and agent-based models of social complexity. He will also teach graduate classes that cover a range of social complexity topics.

“We are extremely proud and happy to have a colleague of Dr. Axtell’s caliber,” says Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, director of Mason’s Center for Social Complexity. “He is a strong addition to our faculty and will add much to the university’s growing emphasis on research.”

Axtell’s areas of expertise include environmental economics and regulation, global change science and policy and industrial organization and economic geography. He is currently researching models of social and economic phenomena, including firms, markets and social determinants of individual behavior.

In addition to his tenure at the Brookings Institution, Axtell has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at the Santa Fe Institute, New School University, the Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. He earned his doctorate at Carnegie Mellon University in 1992 and his undergraduate degree at the University of Detroit in 1983.

The primary mission of Mason’s Center for Social Complexity is to advance the knowledge frontiers of pure and applied social science by using and developing computational and interdisciplinary approaches that result in new insights in social phenomena.

The center’s research is funded by the National Science Foundation and other scientific agencies from federal and private foundations.

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