Timothy Gulden is a research assistant professor with the Center for Social Complexity in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University and a research associate with the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). He completed his PhD at the UMD School of Public Policy in December of 2004 with a dissertation entitled "Adaptive Agent Modeling in a Policy Context." He has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution''s Center for Social and Economic Dynamics (CSED) and attended the Santa Fe Institute''s Complex Systems Summer School in 2002. From 1989 through 1999, he was the technical director of the GIS program for Westchester County, New York.
He served as a full-time research fellow at CISSM, from 2004 through 2008 where he worked on a wide variety of issues including the oversight of hazardous biological research, the security implications of various policies in response to climate change and the spatial and temporal dynamics of civil violence. He is particularly interested in developing novel ways of analyzing micro-scale data from violent conflicts that derive quantitative conclusions while preserving the spatial and temporal richness of the data. He remains closely associated with CISSM because it provides a natural home for such work.
At present, his primary position is with the Center for Social Complexity at GMU, where he works to apply agent-based modeling techniques to the development of deeper understanding of civil violence in East Africa. His research interests range from methodological issues in the development and validation of agent-based models, through the use of complex systems techniques and remote sensed data to understanding the role of urban agglomerations in the process of globalization.