David Rand is an associate professor of Psychology, Economics, and Management at Yale University, an member of the Yale Institute for Network Science, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and Cognitive Sciences Program, and the director of Yale University’s Human Cooperation Laboratory as well as the Applied Cooperation Team that partners with organizations outside the academy to run field experiments. His research combines a range of theoretical and experimental methods in an effort to explain the high levels of cooperation that typify human societies, and to uncover ways to promote cooperation in situations where it is lacking. He received his B.A. in computational biology from Cornell University in 2004 and his Ph.D. in systems biology from Harvard University in 2009, and was a post-doctoral research in Harvard University’s psychology department from 2009 to 2013.
David's work has been published in journals including Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Psychological Science, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Management Science, and has received widespread attention from a range of media outlets, including NPR, the BBC, The Economist, Scientific American, Wired, New Scientist, London’s Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Discover, Financial Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also written popular press articles for the New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, and the Psychological Observer. He was named to Wired magazine’s Smart List 2012 of “50 people who will change the world,” chosen as a 2012 PopTech Science Fellow, and awarded Yale's Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication or Research in 2015.
You can watch his Inspiring Yale 2016 talk "Human Cooperation" to learn more about his interdisciplinary approach to understanding human cooperation.