Thank you for visiting my website! I am a Ph.D. candidate in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University, where I am fortunate to be advised by Simon Levin, Naomi Leonard, and Corina Tarnita. Born in Japan, I grew up in Tokyo, went to high school just outside of NYC and in northeast Italy, and completed my undergraduate degree at Yale University.
As a mathematical biologist and an applied mathematician, I use tools from evolutionary game theory, dynamical systems, and network science to explore mathematical and computational models of collective and emergent behavior in social systems. I am especially interested in understanding how inter-individual differences and population structures influence and are influenced by collective dynamics. My recent and current projects have focused on self-organized division of labor in ant colonies, hierarchies in adaptive networks, and cooperation and polarization in group-structured populations, among others.
As a teacher, I strive to practice inclusive teaching in undergraduate classrooms. I am a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, and I also serve as a Resident Graduate Student in First College, one of the undergraduate residential colleges at Princeton. As a member of the Princeton Women in STEM Leadership Council (WSTEM), I work with campus partners to foster conversations about diversity and inclusion in STEM at Princeton.
Please feel free to contact me at mari [dot] kawakatsu [at] princeton [dot] edu.