Ross Hammond

Betty Bofinger Brown Associate Professor, Brown School, WUSTL

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With over 20 years of experience in complex systems science modeling methodologies, Ross Hammond brings his expertise in these approaches to problems in social science, public policy and public health.

Hammond’s research applies complex systems tools to generate new insights into the social dynamics that drive many difficult policy problems, as well as to identify potential leverage points or windows for intervention. He is a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, where he is director of the Center on Social Dynamics and Policy. He also holds academic appointments at Harvard School of Public Health and the Santa Fe Institute.

Hammond is a Health and Human Services-appointed member of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities advisory council. He also serves as a public health advisor for the National Cancer Institute, is an advisory special government employee for the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Obesity, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Food and Nutrition Board.


  • ​BA, Williams College, 1999
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2006