Applied Complexity Researcher

Andrea Jones-Rooy is a social scientist specializing in complexity and diversity. She is the author of a book and several research articles (along with Dr. Scott E. Page) on complex systems, and regularly contributes articles to media outlets about international relations, game theory, and complex systems. She also tours as a public lecturer on social science and complexity, with recent appearances including the Science Gallery Lab Detroit, Beijing University, and Caveat NYC.

Previously, Andrea was a professor of political science and global China studies at NYU Shanghai, where she founded and directed China’s first undergraduate major in integrated social science. Andrea also designed and taught NYU’s first global course – on Complexity – which was taught across four continents simultaneously. Andrea also founded and hosted the NYU data science podcast, Data Science Demystified.

Andrea earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. She speaks proficient Mandarin Chinese and Spanish and very pathetic Russian, French, and Arabic (but is always up for trying). In addition to being a sought-after researcher and celebrated teacher, Andrea is a standup comedian and circus artist, both of which she has performed for audiences (including royalty) all over the world.