Research

My background and research are highly interdisciplinary. In addition to my doctoral degree in anthropology, I have advanced graduate training in cognitive science, human rights, and philosophy. Drawing from these disciplines, I attempt to combine the rigors of philosophical analysis with the experimental and ethnographic methods of anthropology. I focus on cooperation/peace and conflict/war. To explore these, I have conducted experiments on moral cognition and undertaken post-conflict fieldwork.

 

For my dissertation, I examined the causes of collective violence and the role of propaganda during periods of social unrest and military campaigns targeting recognizable civilian populations. My focus was the Yugoslav Wars and included  extensive interview and survey data with ex-fighters and survivors of the three major conflicts, which I collected in former combat regions of the Balkans. 

After receiving my Ph.D., I became a postdoctoral fellow on the Geography of Philosophy Project, an international study on the diversity of people's conceptions of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Some of the ongoing projects include cross-cultural studies of mental state attributions, lying, knowledge in cooperation and conflict, and sources of knowledge. 

My current work centers on hate speech and propaganda; moral psychology and support for human rights; the political lives and health of combatants after war; and the role of religion in cooperation and conflict. 

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