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Professor Alex Bentley

Professor Alex Bentley

Professor Alex Bentley
BSc(Bowdoin), MA(C'nell), MSc(C'nell), PHd(Wis)

Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology

Area of research

Culture evolution, past and present

Office 2N06
43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 1191

Research summary

Professor Alex Bentley's research concerns modelling and understanding collective behaviour in society, and testing these models against real-world phenomena. This work applies the insights of evolutionary biology - including 'neutral' evolutionary models - toward modern popularity data. By providing a means to characterize how behaviours spread in modern populations -- the subject of his 2011 book with MIT press and a recent column in the New York Times – Professor Bentley has applied his work to real-world problems in U.K. government policy and NGOs and commercial businesses. 

A second, distinct area of Bentley's research is the isotopic analysis of ...

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  • PhD. University of Wisconsin, Anthropology
  • M.S. Cornell University, Geology/Geochemistry
  • M.A. Cornell University, Archaeology
  • B.A. Bowdoin College, Physics (Magna Cum Laude)

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