Who We Are

Seshat: Global History Databank is governed by the Board of Directors, who are advised by a number of subject matter consultants. Data collection for a specific NGA is coordinated by a Regional Editor, and data entered for a specific polity has been gathered in consultation with expert historians and archaeologists but is continually updated via ongoing expert review (here’s how). The hands-on work of populating the databank is accomplished by the project’s Research Assistants and Postdoctoral Research Associates. We thank all of the hardworking Seshat contributors for their tireless efforts populating our Databank with high-quality historical data.

Board of Directors

Prof. Peter Turchin*, Chair (evolutionary anthropologist at the University of Connecticut and Complexity Science Hub Vienna)
Prof. Harvey Whitehouse* (anthropologist at the University of Oxford)
Prof. Pieter François* (historian and evolutionary anthropologist at the University of Oxford)
Dr. Kevin C. Feeney (computer scientist and CEO of TerminusDB)
Prof. Jennifer Larson (classicist at Kent State University)

*Founding Director


Dr. Daniel Hoyer, Project Manager & Senior Researcher
Jenny Reddish, Lead Editor
Enrico Cioni, Lead Research Assistant

Project Researchers

James Bennett, Senior Data Scientist
Dr. Majid Benam, Data Scientist
Dr. Daniel Kondor, Data Scientist

Research Assistants

Samantha Holder
Kavi Pandian
Elijah Scott
Ambika Varma
Rosa Brown
Mary Breen
Rachel Ainsworth
Giulia Nazzaro
Lauren Wilkes
Robert Howard

Consultants and Contributors

Prof. Jutta Bolt (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen): economic development
Prof. Christopher Chase-Dunn (UC Riverside): settlement and polity sizes and locations
Prof. Thomas E. Currie (University of Exeter): coordinator for resources, agriculture, and population variables
Dr. Donagh Davis (Sciences Po, DataChemist): information technology
Dr. Kevin C. Feeney (DataChemist): information technology coordinator
Dr. Pieter François (Hertfordshire, Oxford): historical coordinator
Prof. Sergey Gavrilets (NIMBioS, University of Tennessee): social and biological evolution, mathematical models
Prof. Jack A. Goldstone (George Mason): institutions, economic and political development
Jill Levine, digital history
Prof. J. G. Manning (Yale): social science history
Prof. Patrick Manning (Pittsburgh, World History Center, CHIA, CSSG): global historical social science
Dr. Gavin Mendel-Gleason (DataChemist): information technology
Prof. Masaki Yuki (Hokkaido University): relational mobility
Prof. Peter N. Peregrine (Lawrence): archaeology
Dr. Frances Reynolds (University of Oxford): rituals
Prof. Peter J. Richerson (UC Davis): cultural evolution, institutions
Prof. Enrico Spolaore (Tufts): institutions, economic development
Dr. Robert Thomson (Hokusei Gakuen University): relational mobility
Prof. Peter Turchin (UConn, EI): social complexity and warfare coordinator
Prof. Jan Luiten van Zanden (Universiteit Utrecht): economic development
Prof. Romain Wacziarg (UCLA): institutions, economic development
Prof. Douglas R. White (UC Irvine): database development, statistical analysis
Prof. Harvey Whitehouse (Oxford): ritual and religion coordinator
Prof. David S. Wilson (Binghamton): evolutionary science
Prof. Vladimir I. Zadorozhny (Pittsburgh, CHIA; CSSG): computational social science

Regional Editors

Egypt: Prof. J. G. Manning (Ancient); Prof. Andrey Korotayev (Islamic)
Mesopotamia: Prof. Arkadiusz Marciniak (Neolithic)
Eastern Mediterranean: Dr. Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Late Antiquity)
Mongolia: Prof. Nikolay Kradin
Northern China: Dr. Daniel Hoyer
Latium: Dr. Daniel Hoyer (Ancient)
Lower Mekong Basin: Dr. Miriam Stark
Susiana: Dr. Alessio Palmisano
Oaxaca: Prof. Charles Spencer
Low-Complexity NGAs: Dr. Daniel Mullins
Galilee: Dr. Oren Litwin
Crete: Dr. Kostis Christakis

Graduate Students Associated with the Project

Kiran Basava
Rudolf Cesaretti
Alice Williams


Eli Levine
Robert Miller
Olga Turchin (social media)

Past Postdoctoral Research Associates

Dr. Bojan Božić
Dr. Chris Kavanagh
Dr. Christina Collins
Dr. Stephanie Grohmann
Dr. Daniel Hoyer
Dr. Marta Krueger
Dr. Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Dr. Daniel Mullins
Dr. Selin Nugent
Dr. Robert Ross
Dr. Patrick Savage

Past Seshat Project Members