Professor Bergstrom earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He is currently professor at the University of Santa Barbara, where he occupies the Aaron and Cherie Raznick Chair in Economics.
Professor Bergstrom's primary research interests include game theory, economics of the family, experimental economics, and exploring the connections between evolutionary biology and economics. His published papers on the economics include "Does Mother Nature Punish Rotten Kids?" (2001), "On the Evolution of Altruistic Ethical Rules for Siblings" (1995), "Courtship as a Waiting Game" (1991), and "Love and Spaghetti." (1989)
Bergstrom's Athenaeum lecture is sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.