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 investigate theories of human cognition and behavior by combining the rigors of philosophical analysis with experimental and ethnographic fieldwork methods of anthropology.
The unifying themes in my research are cooperation and conflict. To explore these, I have specialized in the anthropology of human rights, religion, and law. I have also conducted experimental research on moral cognition and undertaken post-conflict fieldwork.
For my dissertation, I examined the causes of collective violence and incitement 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 Yugoslav Wars, which I collected in former conflict regions of the Balkans.
My current research examines cross-cultural aspects of philosophy and, in the coming year, I anticipate doing fieldwork on moral psychology, folk-epistemology, and sociality with the Shuar of Ecuador.
Geography of Philosophy Project
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow for the Geography of Philosophy Project (GPP), an international study of diversity in people's conceptions of understanding, wisdom, and knowledge. News and updates about the GPP can be found on the Go Philosophy blog.