Dr. Terence Burnham

Dr. Terence Burnham

Associate Professor
Economic Science Institute
The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics
Office Location: Beckman Hall 303J
Phone: (714) 744-7847
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Science
San Diego State University, Master of Science
Harvard University, Ph.D.


Terry Burnham is an economist who studies the biological and evolutionary basis of human behavior. He has a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University, a Masters from the MIT Sloan School with a concentration in finance. HIs undergraduate degree is in biophysics from the University of Michigan. Prior to Chapman, Terry was a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Michigan, and the Harvard Business School. His non-academic experiences include working briefly for Goldman, Sachs & Co., being the chief financial officer for Progenics Pharmaceuticals , a start-up biotechnology company, and being the director of portfolio management for Acadian Asset Management, a quantitative equity manager.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Burnham, Terence C: "Economics and evolutionary mismatch: humans in novel settings do not maximize." Journal of Bioeconomics, 2016.
Burnham, Terence C: "Public goods with high-powered punishment: high cooperation and low efficiency." Journal of Bioeconomics, 1-15. 2014
Meyer, Andrew, Frederick, Shane, Burnham, Terence C, et al: "Disfluent fonts don’t help people solve math problems." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 144(2): e16. 2015
Rose, M., et al. (2015). "Four steps toward the control of aging: following the example of infectious disease." Biogerontology: 1-11.
Burnham, Terence. C., Aimee Dunlap, and David. W. Stephens. "Experimental Evolution and Economics." SAGE Open, 2015, 5(4).
Burnham, T. C. (2013). Consilience and Economics, comment on Endogenous and Systemic Risk. Endogenous and Systemic Risk. J. Harbaugh and A. Lo, The University of Chicago Press: 105-112.
Burnham, T. C. (2013). "Toward a neo-Darwinian synthesis of neoclassical and behavioral economics." Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 90, S113-S127.
2nd edition of Mean Genes