Paul Jenkins is currently pursuing undergraduate degrees in Economics and Mathematics at Southern Oregon University. He anticipates graduating Summa Cum Laude in June, 2012.
Paul’s focus is on decision theory, computational economics, behavioral economics, and microeconomic theory. His ongoing pursuit of these topics incorporates his longtime interests in artificial intelligence, complexity theory, and games. Paul’s current research includes using different analytical tools and frameworks in order to bridge the gaps between rational choice theory and behavioral economics. He hopes to spend his career advancing his field of study through research and teaching.
Paul’s extracurricular passions include teaching and he is currently seeking atypical venues that will enable him to teach those who lack traditional opportunities at education. He is pursuing volunteer opportunities to teach mathematics, writing, and economics to prisoners within the correctional system. In addition, Paul is involved with the Southern Oregon University student government on many levels, having co-authored a new Constitution, served as a justice and a senator, and most recently forming an organization dedicated to providing oversight and pressure on elected officials to ensure their continued dedication to the community.
When the responsibilities of work and academic life allow a momentary rest, Paul prefers to spend time relaxing with either his partner, Samantha, or with his cat, Erwin Schrodinger, who is both alive and dead when not directly observed.
Dr. Linda Wilcox-Young; Chair of Social Sciences, Policy, and Culture
2011 McNair Scholar Symposium
|Presentation: The Use of Evolutionary Algorithms to Model Complex Systems (PDF)|