Alexander M. Petersen

University of California Merced
School of Engineering -- Management Program

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

skype: petersenalex

Assistant professor in the Management Program 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 May 2011 (Advisor: H. Eugene Stanley).

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

Recent Activity

  • O. A. Doria Arrieta, F. Pammolli, A. M. Petersen, Quantifying the negative impact of brain drain on the integration of European science. In press, Science Advances, 2017.
  • A. M. Petersen, M. Puliga, High-skilled labor mobility in Europe before and after the 2004 enlargement. In press, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2017. (SSRN e-print:2796851)
  • A. M. Petersen, Quantifying the distribution of editorial power and manuscript decision bias at the mega-journal PLOS ONE. (SSRN e-print:2901272)

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

I. Curriculum Vitae (06/2015)
II. Publications, Presentations & Press
III. Teaching
IV. Spanish-Italian conjugation map