Alexander M. Petersen

University of California Merced
Department of Management of Complex Systems
School of Engineering

Ernest and Julio Gallo Management Program
MIST - Management of Innovation,
Sustainability and Technology

Assistant professor in the Management of Complex Systems Department at the University of California Merced. Before joining UC Merced, I was an assistant professor at the IMT Lucca in Italy, and prior to that, I spent my doctoral years at Boston University where I received my Ph. D. in Physics in 2011, advised by H. Eugene Stanley.

My research is primarily data-oriented, focusing on the evolution of large multiscale socio-economic systems by applying concepts and methods from complex systems, statistical physics, management and innovation science.

Recent Activity

Research Interests

  • Career growth, longevity, output, collaboration in science
  • Growth, life-cycles, and coevolution in complex systems
  • Spatial mobility and innovation networks
  • Models of science, scientometrics, citation statistics
  • Stochastic models of financial markets, public debt, bankruptcy
  • Stochastic opinion formation models
  • Quantifying competition and achievement in professional sports



UC Merced
School of Engineering 2
Suite 315
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

Social Sciences and Managment Building (SSM)
Second floor, 206B

skype: petersenalex