Dr. Lanman joined the School in 2012, after working as a Departmental Lecturer (2009-2011) and Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2011-2012) at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of British Columbia.
Dr. Lanman is interested in applying the methods and theories of both social and cognitive anthropology to issues in the study of religion, atheism, morality, and intergroup relations. His DPhil research yielded both a descriptive and explanatory account of atheism in the contemporary West, which he is writing up as a monograph. At present, he is collaborating with anthropologists and psychologists on an ESRC funded project, entitled Ritual, Community, and Conflict, to ascertain the effects of ritual on ingroup cohesion and intergroup relations across a range of contexts. He is also, along with Co-Principal Investigators Harvey Whitehouse and David Sloan Wilson, working on an interdisciplinary project entitled Religion’s Impact on Human Life: Integrating Proximate and Ultimate Perspectives, funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
Lanman, J. (accepted). Atheism and Cognitive Science. The Oxford Handbook of Atheism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lanman, J. (2012). “On the non-evolution of atheism and the importance of definitions and data.” Religion, Brain, and Behavior, 2: 76-78.
Lanman, J. (2012). “The Importance of Religious Displays for Belief Acquisition and Secularization.” Journal of Contemporary Religion, 27: 49-65.
Lanman, J. (2008). “In Defense of ‘Belief’: A Cognitive Response to Behaviorism, Eliminativism, and Social Constructivism.” Issues in Ethnology & Anthropology, 3: 49-62.
Barrett, J.L., Lanman, J.A. (2008). “The Science of Religious Beliefs.” Religion, 38: 109-124.
Cohen, E., Lanman, J.A., McCauley, R.N., Whitehouse, H. (2008). “Common Criticisms of the Cognitive Science of Religion – Answered.” CSSR Bulletin 37: 112-115.
Lanman, J. (2008). “Are We All Believers?” The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, and Critiques. Bulbulia, J., Sosis, R., Genet, R., Harris, E., Wyman, K., & Genet, C. (Eds.). Santa Margarita, CA: Collins Foundation Press.
Lanman, J. (2007). “How ‘Natives’ Don’t Think: The Apotheosis of Overinterpretation.” Religion, Social Anthropology, and Cognitive Science. eds. Whitehouse, H. and Laidlaw, J. (Eds.). Durham: Carolina Academic Press.
Lanman, J. (2007). Review of Essays on Cultural Transmission by Maurice Bloch. The Journal of Biosocial Science, 39: 633-634.