Jean-Paul Carvalho is Associate Professor of Economics and Interim Director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. His DPhil in Economics at Oxford, supported by the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, was completed in 2009. Jean-Paul then began postdoctoral work in the Department of Economics at Oxford and was awarded a Robert Solow Fellowship by the Cournot Centre for Economic Studies in Paris. In 2011, he took up a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California Irvine and was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in 2017. Jean-Paul's research uses game theory to understand social dynamics. He has developed new models of social norms, identity formation, cultural transmission, and religious organization, grounded in historical cases such as the Islamic revival in Egypt and Jewish emancipation in 19th century Europe. He is a Board Member of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC), Associate of the Network for Economic Research on Identity, Norms and Narratives (ERINN), Faculty Fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), Faculty Affiliate of the Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization Center (ACO), the Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies (CGPACS), and the Religious Studies Program at UC Irvine.
Jean-Paul's work has appeared in leading journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Economic Journal and Economic Theory. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford, Oxford, NYU and Warwick.