David Sandeford

Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


MA, Columbia University 
MA, University of Chicago
BA, University of Texas at Austin



Sandeford, DS. 2021. A quantitative analysis of intensification in the ethographic record. Nature Human Behaviour 5:1502-1509. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-021-01120-wRunner up for the 2020 Reynold Ruppe Prize for best paper in archaeology by a graduate student in SHESC.

Hamilton, M, Walker, RS, Buchanan B, and Sandeford, DS. 2020. Scaling human sociopolitical complexity. PLoS ONE 15(7): e0234615. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0234615.

Sandeford, DS. 2018. Organizational complexity and demographic scale in primary states. Royal Society Open Science 5:171137. http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/5/5/171137Awarded the 2019 Reynold Ruppe Prize for best paper in archaeology by a graduate student in SHESC.

Sandeford, DS. n.d. Chomsky versus Habermas on human nature. Master's thesis, University of Chicago.

Research Interests

human macroecology; cultural macroevolution; comparative and cross-cultural analysis



See biography.

Research Activity

I used large-scale data sets to investigate the structure, function, and dynamics of human social organization and cultures. 


Courses taught at various community colleges: Introduction to sociology; Contemporary social problems.