Professor of Anthropology and Statistics at UCLA Department of Anthropology, Los Angeles, USA.
Mathematical anthropology, kinship terminology, theory of social organization, hominid evolution, archaeological classification.
He is a recognized expert in quantitative archaeology. He has published extensively on the use of mathematical models in biological anthropology, archaeology and social/cultural anthropology.
He has developed a major computer program (Kinship Algebraic Expert System) that constructs a formal (algebraic) model of the logic underlying the structure of a kinship terminology and then embeds the algebraic analysis into a demographically based multi-agent simulation.
Foraging society organization: A simple model of a complex transition (European Journal of Operational Research, 1987)
The Utility of Mathematical Constructs in Building Archaeological Theory (Mathematics and Information Science in Archaeology: A Flexible Framework, A. Voorrips, ed., 1990)
Formal analysis of kinship terminologies and its relationship to what constitutes kinship(Complete Text) (Mathematical Anthropology and Cultural Theory: An International Journal, 2000)
Formal analysis of kinship terminologies and its relationship to what constitutes kinship (Anthropological Theory, 2001)
What is Kinship? (In The Cultural Analysis of Kinship: The Legacy of David Schneider and Its Implications for Anthropological Relativism, R. Feinberg and M. Ottenheimer eds., 2001)
Mathematical Modeling Issues in Analytical Representations of Human Societies (Proceedings of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies, 2002)
A Multi-Trajectory, Competition Model of Emergent Complexity in Human Social Organization (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2002)
Population Growth, Carrying Capacity, and Conflict (Text) (Current Anthropology, 2003)
Population Growth, Carrying Capacity, and Conflict (Appendix) (Current Anthropology, 2003)
Population Growth, Carrying Capacity, and Conflict (Reply) (Current Anthropology, 2003)
The Emergence of Order from Disorder as a Form of Self Organization (Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory 2003 9(3): 195-225)
Dwight W. Read (December 30, 2007) An Interaction Model for Resource Implement Complexity Based on Risk and Number of Annual Moves
Dwight W. Read, Sander E. van der Leeuw, and David Lane (June 12, 2007) The Innovation Innovation