Formal Models of Diversity:

Along with some collaborators, I’m using evolutionary modeling to understand issues related to diversity such as: How do discriminatory norms arise between social groups?  How does power influence strategic behavior between academics?  How do gender and class emerge in societies?

Here are some recent research projects.

Discrimination and Collaboration in Science, with Hannah Rubin, Working Paper 2017

The Evolution of Intersectional Oppression with Liam K. Bright and Justin Bruner, Working Paper 2017

The Cultural Red King Effect, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 2017

In Epistemic Networks, Is Less Really More? with Sarita Rosenstock and Justin Bruner, Philosophy of Science, 2017

Dynamics and Diversity in Epistemic Communities with Justin Bruner, Conditional Accept, Erkenntnis, 2017

Power, Bargaining, and Collaboration, with Justin Bruner, in Scientific Collaboration and Collective Knowledge, Forthcoming

Moral Emotions and Naturalized Ethics:

I’m using tools from evolutionary modeling to assess and expand work in philosophy on the evolution of moral emotions.

The Evolution of Guilt: a Model Based ApproachPhilosophy of Science, 2015

When it’s Good to Feel Bad: Evolutionary Models of Guilt and Apology, with Sarita Rosenstock, Working Paper, 2016

Guilt, Games, and Evolution, for Emotions Researcher, 2016

Deus Ex Machina: a Cautionary Tale For Naturalists , with P. Kyle Stanford, Elliott Wagner, and Nathan Fulton, Analyse & Kritik, 2012

Categories, Generalization, and Vagueness:

In my thesis project, I completed a cluster of related papers which applied the same game theoretic model – the sim-max game – to several interrelated problems including the evolution of linguistic vagueness, linguistic ambiguity, perceptual categories, learning generalization, and cluster kinds terms.

The Evolution of VaguenessErkenntnis, 2014

Evolving Perceptual CategoriesPhilosophy of Science, 2014

Evolving to Generalize: Trading Precision for Speed, BJPS, 2017

Ambiguity is Kinda Good, SometimesPhilosophy of Science, 2015

Games and Kinds, BJPS, forthcoming

Experimental Economics in Philosophy:

I’m part of a group using methods from experimental economics to investigate philosophical questions.  We’re addressing questions related to the emergence of language.

David Lewis in the Lab: Experimental Results on the Emergence of Meaning, with Justin Bruner, Hannah Rubin, and Simon Huttegger, Synthese, 2014

Communication Without the Cooperative Principle: a Signaling Experiment with Hannah Rubin, Justin Bruner, and Simon Huttegger, Working Paper, 2015


Black Holes, Black-Scholes, and Prairie Voles: as Essay Review of Simulation and Similarity by Michael Weisberg, with Jim Weatherall, Philosophy of Science, Forthcoming

Review of Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Philosophy of BiologyPhilosophy of Science, 2015

Review of Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Darwinian PopulationsPhilosophy of Science, 2012


I took part in an interdisciplinary meeting to clarify current thinking on sexual selection and recommend avenues of new research.

Sexual Selection: a NESCent Catalyst Meeting, with fifteen interdisciplinary researchers