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Duran J. Bell Jr. (born April 21, 1936)[2] is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California, Irvine. He was formerly a professor there in two departments, Economics and Anthropology.[3]

Duran J. Bell Jr.
Born (1936-04-21) April 21, 1936 (age 82)[1]
Nationality United States
Spouse(s) Huiqin Zhao
Institution University of California, Irvine
Field Social economics
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Contributions Models of social processes


Education and early careerEdit

Bell received his B.A. in economics in 1960 and his Ph.D. in agricultural economics in 1965, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He then joined the faculty in the Economics department at the University of California, Irvine in 1965.[1]


Bell was a research associate with the Brookings Institution from 1971 to 1973 and a senior economist with the RAND Corporation from 1973 to 1976. Bell's main research focus was on non-market exchange processes, and eventually he found ethnography the most effective theoretical grounding for his work. He later joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine in 1985.[1]

Bell is a founding member of the Social Dynamics and Complexity Group in the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at U/C Irvine.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Bell is married to Huiqin Zhao, whom he met while in China. He also has a son named Nathan and a daughter named Catherine.


  1. ^ a b c "Defining Marriage and Legitimacy". Current Anthropology. 38: 237–253. 2011. doi:10.1086/204606. JSTOR 2744491. 
  2. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vols 1 & 2 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  3. ^ "Emeritus Faculty: UCI Economics". 2011. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Social Dynamics and Complexity Group faculty". 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 

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