University of Connecticut & CSH Faculty
Peter Turchin is a scientist at University of Connecticut and leader of a team investigating Social Complexity and Collapse at the CSH.
Peter wants to understand how human societies evolve, and why we see such a staggering degree of inequality in economic performance and effectiveness of governance among nations. Peter’s approach to answering these questions blends theory building with the analysis of data.
Peter is the founder of a new transdisciplinary field called Cliodynamics, which uses the tools of complexity science and cultural evolution to study the dynamics of historical empires and modern nation-states.
Peter has published two hundred articles, including a dozen in such top journals as Nature, Science, and PNAS. In 2004, Peter was designated as “Highly Cited Researcher” by ISIHighlyCited.com. He has authored seven books, including Secular Cycles (with Sergey Nefedov, Princeton, 2009), and War and Peace and War (Penguin, 2005).
The Great Escape: A Review Essay on Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity by Walter Scheidel (Princeton University Press, 2019)
Cliodynamics 11 (2) (2020)
P. Turchin, A. Korotayev
The 2010 structural-demographic forecast for the 2010–2020 decade: A retrospective assessment
PLoS ONE 15 (8) (2020) e0237458
P. Turchin, et al.
The Equinox2020 Seshat data release
Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution 11 (1) (2020)