Bill Maurer

Bill Maurer is Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology and Law, UCI. He is the author of How Would You Like to Pay? How Technology is Changing the Future of Money, among many other publications. The Director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he coordinates research in over 40 countries on how new payment technologies impact poor people’s wellbeing. His work explores the technological infrastructures and social relations of exchange and payment, from cowries to credit cards. His work has had an impact on US and global policies for mobile payment and financial access, and it has been discussed in venues ranging from Bloomberg Businessweek to NPR’s Marketplace. He was appointed to the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences of the US National Research Council in 2015, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a new project on bitcoin, and consulted with the US Department of Treasury on the redesign of the US $10 bill. He received his B.A. from Vassar College and his M.A. and Ph.D from Stanford University.

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