Ben Hanowell

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Graduate Student
Research Assistant, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
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Research Summary: 
Ben is an evolutionary anthropologist who studies cooperation and conflict, migration and remittances, and human migration in response to climate change. He uses game theory, optimization theory, agent-based modeling, and Bayesian statistics to do quantitative research, but has qualitative research experience, too. Outside academia, he's developing a company called SoundCheks that will revolutionize the political fact checking industry and disrupt the political campaign ad industry.
<p>Ben was teaching assistant for Human Biological Diversity (BIO A 101) in Winter 2011. In Spring 2012, he assisted Kathleen O&#39;Connor in her challenging Reproductive Ecology Laboratory Seminar (BIO A 455), where he supervised students who designed and executed original experiments in human endocrinology. He&#39;s also taught workshops on personal budgeting to under-privileged youth from rural villages in the Commonwealth of Dominica. His teaching philosophy is simple: if you&#39;re reading bullet points from PowerPoint slides or lecture notes, you&#39;re doing it wrong.</p>
Biocultural Anthropology
Statistics Concentration in Anthropology
<p>Quantitative methods, game theory, Bayesian statistics, evolutionary anthropology</p>
Selected Publications
<p>Ben Hanowell. 2013. A simple hierarchical Bayesian model for simultaneous inference of tournament graphs and informant error.</p>
<p>Benjamin Chabot-Hanowell and Lisa J. Lucero. 2013. Water control and the emergence of polities in the southern Maya lowlands: Evolutionary, economic, and ecological models. Pp 223-242. In: David M. Carballo and Gary Feinman, editors. Cultural and Evolutionary Dynamics of Cooperation: Archaeological Perspectives. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.</p>
<p>Donna L. Leonetti and Benjamin Chabot-Hanowell B. The foundation of kinship: households. Human Nature 22(1-2):16-40.</p>