2004 John Monash Scholar Dr Jean-Paul Carvalho has moved to the US to take up a position as Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Irvine. Jean-Paul, who used his John Monash Scholarship to undertake a DPhil in Economics at Oxford University, had been working in a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Economics at Oxford and as a Robert Solow Fellow of the Cournot Centre for Economic Studies in Paris. To view the announcement of his appointment click here.
Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system with nearly 28,000 students, 1,100 faculty members and 9,000 staff. UCI ranks among the top U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications. The university is noted for its top-rated research and graduate programs, extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and growing number of professional schools and programs of academic and social significance.
Jean-Paul is an economic theorist who applies game theory to understand how economic development shapes and is shaped by culture, identity and institutions. His research studies phenomena such as cultural assimilation from an economic perspective, and he has developed models of cultural evolution that provide explanations for the contemporary Islamic revival and religious polarization in the wake of Jewish emancipation in nineteenth century Europe. To view his website click here. Jean-Paul will also be involved with the Institute for Mathematical Behavioural Sciences at Irvine, which is a major centre for interdisciplinary applications of game theory, and whose purpose it is to formulate precisely and test theories of human behaviour. At UC Irvine, he will teach special topics in economic theory, and game theory.