Welcome to my homepage! I am an Assistant Prof. in the Department of Economics at George Mason University and Co-PI of the interdisciplinary Historical Psychology Project that investigates the role of kinship for psychological, political and economic outcomes.  

My work focuses on Cultural Evolution, exploring the co-evolution of human psychology with formal and informal institutions and its influence on shaping our  contemporary world. My work has been published in leading general interest journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS, and has been discussed in major news outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Economist, The Wallstreet Journal, The New Yorker among many others. I was awarded the Royal Economic Society Prize for my work on Kin-networks and Institutional Development.