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. His areas of specialization include international security, formal models, and complex adaptive systems. Bob’s books include Harnessing Complexity (with Michael D. Cohen), Conflict of Interest, The Structure of Decision, The Evolution of Cooperation, and The Complexity of Cooperation. His work focuses on questions of how patterns of social behavior emerge. He draws on the current research in a wide range of disciplines, including biology, psychology, and computer science. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and former president of the American Political Science Association. He is also the winner of several national awards; in 2014 he was awarded the National Medal of Science, the "nation's highest honor for scientific achievement and leadership," in 2015 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Harvard University, and was named a MacArthur Prize Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and received his PhD from Yale University.
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