Scientific Council

The Scientific Council is made up of 24 internationally distinguished researchers

Mahzarin Banaji

Harvard University

Mahzarin Banaji taught at Yale University from 1986-2002 where she was Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Psychology. Since then and at present she is Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and simultaneously George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Chair in Human Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute (2011-2014).

Rob Boyd

Arizona State University

Rob Boyd received his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California at San Diego and a Ph.D. in ecology at U. C. Davis. He has taught at Duke, Emory University and UCLA. He has been at ASU since 2012. His research focuses on population dynamic models of culture and is summarized in two books, co-authored with P. J. Richerson, Culture and the Evolutionary Process, and Not By Genes Alone.

Brandice Canes-Wrone

Princeton University

Brandice Canes-Wrone is the Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Currently, she serves as the Vice Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School and is the President of the American Political Science Association Presidency and Executive Politics Section.

Dora Costa


Dora L. Costa is Professor of Economics at UCLA where she teaches economic history. She is also an associate director of the California Population Research Center, a research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research's (NBER) programs on the Development of the American Economy and on Aging and the co-director of the NBER working group Cohort Studies.

Marion Fourcade

Associate Professor of Sociology - University of California-Berkeley

Professor Fourcade, a comparative sociologist, is primarily interested in studying the social mechanisms and institutions that shape how individuals in different countries understand what they do and who they are. She is the author of Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain and France, 1890s to 1990s (2010).

Sergey Gavrilets

University of Tennessee

Sergey Gavrilets is a theoretical evolutionary biologist or an applied mathematician. He use mathematical models to study complex evolutionary processes.

Elizabeth Gerber

University of Michigan

She is the Jack L. Walker, Jr. Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She hold faculty positions in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, and Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research.

Gerard Hertig

Professor of Law- ETH Zurich

Professor of Law at ETH Zurich since October 1995. Previously Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Geneva Law School and Director of its Centre d'Etudes Juridiques Européennes (1987-1995).  Gerard Hertig has been a visiting professor at leading law schools in Europe, Japan and the U.S. and practiced law as a member of the Geneva bar. Principal interests are comparative corporate governance, financial systems, and European integration. He is ECGI fellow and a member of the Comparative Law and Economics Forum and the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee.

Cecilia Heyes

Fellow of the British Academy
Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Life Sciences
Professor of Psychology- Oxford

Cecilia Heyes FRS was trained as an experimental psychologist at University College London (UCL, 1978-84). She studied evolutionary epistemology as a Harkness Fellow in the United States (1984-6), and associative learning as a Research Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge (1986-9), and then returned to UCL as a member of faculty in 1988. The next 20 years were focussed on experimental work, initially in animal cognition and later in cognitive neuroscience. Recently her group developed and tested an associative account of the origins of imitation and the mirror neuron system. In 2008 she left UCL to become a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, where she is concentrating on theoretical work while collaborating in experimental projects in Oxford and elsewhere.  Her work on the evolution of cognition explores the ways in which natural selection, learning, developmental and cultural processes combine to produce the mature cognitive abilities found in adult humans.


Louis Kaplow

Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School
Associate Director of the John M. Olin Center for Law Economics and Business
Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research

Louis Kaplow is Finn M.W. Caspersen and Household International Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, Associate Director of the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has a Ph.D. in economics and a J.D. from Harvard University.  He has published widely in the fields of taxation and public economics, law and economics, antitrust, and welfare economics and moral philosophy.  He serves on editorial boards of numerous journals and has been an economic and legal consultant to various government entities and private parties.


Hanna Kokko

University of Zurich

Hanna Kokko is a Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Zurich. She have a longstanding interest in the mathematical logic that underpins biology, with a particular curiosity towards the evolution of reproductive strategies. She find everything captivating as soon as it involves conflict and possible cooperation between entities (individuals, genes, parts of society…) and this then leads to demographic consequences within or across species.

Rachel E.Kranton

Professor, Department of Economics - Duke University

Rachel Kranton studies how institutions and the social setting affect economic outcomes.  She develops theories of networks and has introduced identity into economic thinking.  Her research contributes to many fields including microeconomics, economic development, and industrial organization.
Rachel Kranton earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the University California, Berkeley in 1993.  She has been awarded fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  She joined Duke’s faculty in 2007. Rachel Kranton was awarded a Chaire Blaise Pascal in 2010.

Joel Mokyr


Joel Mokyr works on the economic history of Europe, and specializes in the period 1750- 1914. His current research is concerned with the understanding of the economic and intellectual roots of technological progress and the growth of useful knowledge in European societies, as well as the impact that industrialization and economic progress have had on economic welfare.

Benoit Monin

Associate professor of organizational behavior and psychology - Stanford University

Professor Monin's research investigates the interplay between self-image and morality. He seeks to understand for instance when individuals behave unethically, and how they live with it; the consequence of high or low moral self-confidence; the meaning and role of morality in everyday life; and what empirical psychology can contribute to ethics.

Ian Morris

Stanford University

Ian Morris is a historian and archaeologist. He has dug in Britain, Greece, and Italy, most recently as director of Stanford's excavation at Monte Polizzo, a native Sicilian site from the age of Greek colonization. He began his career studying the rise of the Greek city-state, then moved on to ancient economics, and now works on global history since the Ice Age. He has published fourteen books.

Muriel Niederle

Associate Professor in Economics - Stanford University

Professor Niederle’s research investigates the experimental economics and market design as well as the gender differences in behavior.  Some of her experiments also fall outside her main areas of gender or market design. Most recently, she became interested in k-level models, which explore deception and outwitting behavior by players in games

David Papineau

Kings College London

David Papineau was educated in Trinidad, England, and South Africa. He has a BSc in mathematics from the University of Natal and a BA in philosophy from Cambridge. He stayed at Cambridge to work on conceptual change in science under Ian Hacking, and was awarded his PhD in 1974. Since then he has lectured at Reading University, Macquarie University, Birkbeck College London, and Cambridge University. He came to King's College as Professor of Philosophy of Science in 1990. He was elected President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science for 1993-5, of the Mind Association for 2009-10, and of the Aristotelian Society for 2013-4.

Drazen Prelec

Professor, Department of Economics and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences - MIT

Professor Prelec's research deals with the psychology and neuroscience of decision making. His recent work on “self-signaling” tries to understand the strange power of non-causal motivation - when individuals favor actions that are diagnostic of good outcomes, even though these actions have little or no causal force.

Thomas Romer

Professor of Politics and Public Affairs - Princeton
Director, Research Program in Political Economy

Professor Romer’s research explores the interaction of the market and nonmarket forces that influence the allocation of economic resources. He taught at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Western Ontario, and has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Trade Commission, Stanford University, and the Institute for Advanced Study, and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. His work on the politics and economics of local governments’ taxation and spending behavior was awarded the Duncan Black Prize of the Public Choice Society. Other work has dealt with land use regulation, campaign finance, the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s, and the political economy of redistribution. His current projects focus on the political economy of federalism. He has served on the advisory panels of the National Science Foundation and on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review and Public Choice.

Howard Rosenthal

Professor of Politics at NYU
Professor of Social Sciences at Princeton

Howard Rosenthal is Professor of Politics at NYU and Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Emeritus, at Princeton. Rosenthal’s coauthored books include Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches, Ideology and Congress, and Prediction Analysis of Cross Classifications. He has co-edited What Do We Owe Each Other and Credit Markets for the Poor. Rosenthal is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. He has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His major scientific contributions include the Poole-Rosenthal DW-NOMINATE ideology scores (, the Romer-Rosenthal model of agenda control, and the Palfrey-Rosenthal models of participation in elections and voluntary contributions. He is currently working on the politics of the financial crisis, the effect of deregulation on the equity structure of firms, particularly electric utilities, and a dynamic model of agenda setting in the context of school finance.

Lawrence Rothenberg

University of Rochester

Professor Rothenberg have been a member of the faculty at the University of Rochester for over two decades (1989-2002, 2005-present).  He began his career in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at Cal Tech, and from 2002-2005 was the Max McGraw Distinguished Professor of Environmental Management in the Department of Management and Strategy and the Co-Director of the Ford Center for Global Citizenship at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.

Alan Schwartz

Yale Law School

Alan Schwartz is a Sterling Professor at Yale University. His appointments are in the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management. Professor Schwartz's academic specialties include corporate finance and corporate governance, mergers and acquiisitions, bankruptcy, contracts, and commercial transactions.

Tom Snijders

Oxford and Groningen

Tom A.B. Snijders is Professor of Methodology and Statistics in the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Groningen, and at the University of Oxford he is emeritus fellow of Nuffield College and an associate member of the Department of Statistics.

Viviana Zelizer

Professor of Sociology - Princeton

Viviana Zelizer is Lloyd Cotsen ‘50 Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. She specializes in historical analysis, economic processes, interpersonal relations, and childhood. She has published books on the development of life insurance, the changing economic and sentimental value of children in the United States, and on the place of money in social life. Her current research explores the interplay of economic activity and personal ties, especially intimate ties, both in everyday practice and in the law. Some of her recent publications include The Purchase of Intimacy (Princeton University Press, 2005) and Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy (Princeton University Press, 2010).

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