Bill Maurer, anthropology and law professor and social sciences dean, has been selected to serve as a member of the National Research Council Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences. The leadership role puts him in a position to advance research in behavioral and social sciences nationally and its ties to public policy. His appointment began in January and will run through December 2017.

Maurer is an internationally recognized expert on the anthropology of law, money and finance. He has served in a number of administrative roles at UC Irvine while founding two major research centers – the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion and Intel-supported Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing – and collaborating across campus, with the business community and with the nonprofit sector. He joined UC Irvine in 1996 as an assistant professor of anthropology and served as chair from 2006 to 2010. In July 2011, he became the school’s associate dean of research and graduate studies and in 2013, he was named dean. His research has been consistently supported by the National Science Foundation. His most recent funded project examines how new digital payment infrastructures work with or against existing social relationships and the shifting regulatory and legal debate over mobile phone-based payment services. He’s the author of three books, including Mutual Life, Limited: Islamic Banking, Alternative Currencies, Lateral Reason, which won the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing in 2005. He is also the editor of six collections and serves on a number of editorial boards.  

Maurer earned a master’s degree and a doctorate at Stanford University. He holds courtesy appointments in the UC Irvine School of Law and the School of Social Ecology’s Department of Criminology, Law & Society.

Established in 1997, the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences is in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council, the operating arm of The National Academies.

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