Santa Fe Institute


Interest Areas

  • Agent-based modeling of social and natural systems
  • Cultural and Social Change
  • Cultural transmission & human behavioral ecology
  • Language and Cultural Evolution
  • Modeling Cultural Adaptation and Evolution

Anne Kandler

Lecturer Mathematical Science, City University, London, School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences


Anne is a mathematician with broad interests in modeling and analyzing cultural shift processes. This includes understanding the role of demography, social transmission rules, social hierarchies or changes in the cultural environment on those processes but also exploring environmental or social factors that can initiate cultural shift. A special focus of her research is to pursue a modeling framework to study the dynamics of competition between, and associated evolution within, languages under various environmental and social circumstances. Anne obtained a PhD in mathematics from the Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany) in 2006 and her Omidyar Fellowship at SFI follows a post-doctoral fellowship at University College London.