Dr. Claudio Cioffi-Revilla is the Interim Vice President for Research as well as Professor of Computational Social Science at George Mason University, where he also founded and presently directs the Mason Center for Social Complexity. He also founded the Mason graduate program (Ph.D.) in Computational Social Science, the first in the nation. His areas of expertise include the study of conflict, systems of governance, and quantitative and computational methods in the social sciences. In 2006 he was selected by the National Academy of Sciences as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, serving for a six year period 2006-12. Professor Cioffi has served as President of the North American Association for Computational Social and Organizational Sciences and the Computational Social Science Society (CSSS). In 2008 he was made a Research Associate Scientist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He was recently invited to join the Space Development Steering Committee, founded by Harold Bloom. Dr. Cioffi’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, DARPA, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and other national and international agencies. Current external collaborative projects where he serves as Principal Investigator include the Mason-Smithsonian Joint Project on Inner Asia, and the Mason-HRAF/Yale Joint Project on Eastern Africa.