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Associate Professor of Philosophy; Ronald L. and Linda A. Rossetti Professor for the Humanities

Rory Smead is associate professor of philosophy and the Ronald L. and Linda A. Rossetti Professor for the Humanities at Northeastern University. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota Duluth, his MA from the University of California, and his PhD in logic and philosophy of science from the University of California, Irvine. Smead’s research interests include game theory, philosophy of biology and philosophy of science. His current research is focused on the evolution of spite, costly behavior that harms others, as well as the connections between learning, evolution and social behavior especially with regard to ethical behaviors and cooperation.

Nominated for Northeastern’s “Excellence in Teaching” Award in 2011, 2012 and 2014

  • Foley, M., Forber P., Smead, R., Riedl C. (2018), “Conflict and Convention in Dynamic Networks,” Journal of The Royal Society Interface
  • Smead, R. and Forber P. (2016), “The Coevolution of Recognition and Social Behavior,” Scientific Reports
  • Forber, P. and Smead, R. (2016), “The Evolution of Spite, Recognition, and Morality,” Philosophy of Science
  • Smead, R. (2015), “The Role of Social Interaction in the Evolution of Learning,” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 66: 161-180
  • Smead, R. (2014), “Deception and the Evolution of Plasticity,” Philosophy of Science
  • Smead, R., Sandler, R., Forber, P., and Basl, J. (2014), “A Bargaining Game Analysis of International Climate Negotiations,” Nature Climate Change
  • Forber, P. and Smead, R. (2014), “The Evolution of Fairness Through Spite,” Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • Forber, P. and Smead, R. (2014), “An Evolutionary Paradox for Pro-Social Behavior,” Journal of Philosophy
  • Smead, R. and Forber, P. (2013), “The Evolutionary Dynamics of Spite in Finite Populations,” Evolution

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    Ph.D., Logic and Philosophy of Science
    University of California, Irvine

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