Robert Axelrod

Robert Axelrod
Robert Axelrod
Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, University of Michigan; Author, Harnessing Complexity

ROBERT AXELROD is the Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding at the University of Michigan. He has appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Prior to coming to Michigan he taught at the University of California, Berkeley (1968-74). He holds a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago (1964), and a PhD in political science from Yale (1969). Dr. Axelrod is best known for his interdisciplinary work on the evolution of cooperation which has been cited more than 58,000 times. He is the author of The Complexity of Cooperation (1997) and The Evolution of Cooperation (1983; revised edition, 2006).

His current research interests include international security, including cyber conflict. Among his honors and awards are membership in the National Academy of Sciences, a five year MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences for an outstanding contribution to science, and the National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War. Dr. Axelrod served as President of the American Political Science Association (2006-07).

Dr. Axelrod’s recent publications on cyber issues include “The Timing of Cyber Conflict” (with Rumen Iliev) published in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences (2014). This work has been cited in numerous technical publications and blogs from over 30 countries. Dr. Axelrod has consulted and lectured on promoting cooperation and harnessing complexity for the United Nations, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Defense, and various organizations serving health care professionals, business leaders, and K-12 educators. He has also consulted with CyberCom on cyber analogies, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration on risk in networked information systems.

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