Who We Are

For the last twelve years, Cultural Logic has taken a strategic approach to producing explanations that work on a wide variety of public interest issues – as well as innovative approaches to testing them, drawing on its two principals’ expertise in cognitive science, anthropology, and linguistics.

Cultural Logic works independently, and also as a part the Topos Partnership, a strategic communications consulting company founded by Axel Aubrun, Meg Bostrom, and Joseph Grady.

Axel Aubrun, Ph.D., is a psychological anthropologist who focuses on long-term culture change.  He has authored articles in publications ranging from the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute to Non-Profit Quarterly. Aubrun is a graduate of Amherst College, Oxford University, and the University of California, San Diego, where he spent a year lecturing in cultural anthropology before co-founding Cultural Logic and Topos.

Joseph Grady, Ph.D. is a cognitive linguist whose academic research and publications have focused on the ways in which understanding and communication are shaped by universal metaphorical patterns. Before founding Cultural Logic and Topos, Grady taught linguistics at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, and also spent a number of years as a consultant helping to analyze and develop brand names. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Andrew Brown, Ph.D., joined Cultural Logic in 2005. He is a cultural anthropologist whose research has looked at the interaction between culture, rhetoric and public discourse. His work has included crosscultural research in the US, Ireland and the former Soviet Union. Brown has taught at Colby College and the University College Cork and serves as Cultural Logic’s Research Director.