Mari Kawakatsu

Mari Kawakatsu

Ph.D. Candidate, Applied and Computational Mathematics

Princeton University


Thank you for visiting my website! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University, where I am fortunate to be advised by Simon Levin, Naomi Leonard, and Corina Tarnita.

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 encourage active learning and 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 partner with campus resources to foster conversations about inclusivity and bulid community among underrepresented groups in STEM.

Please feel free to contact me at mk28 (at) princeton (dot) edu.