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Dr Paulo Sousa
Dr Paulo Sousa

Phone: +44 (0) 28 9097 1170

Dr Paulo Sousa is Director of the ICC and Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Anthropology. He holds a BA and a MA in anthropology (University of Brasilia, Brazil), a MA in cognitive science (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris), and a PhD in anthropology with specialization in cognition and culture (University of Michigan, USA). He has participated in many cross-cultural projects and published numerous articles in the field of cognition and culture. He also applied an epidemiological approach to the history of ideas of anthropology that stimulated a major controversy. His current research interests focus on agency, moral psychology and inter-group conflict as well as their relation to religion. He is currently writing a book on how ordinary people conceptualize the relationship between harm and morality. See Sousa's publications.

Dr Sousa's Publications
Jonathan Lanman
Dr Jonathan Lanman
Acting Director

Phone: +44 (0) 28 9097 1173

Dr Jonathan Lanman is the Assistant Director of the ICC and Senior Lecturer in Cognition and Culture, and Anthropology. He previously taught as a Departmental and College Lecturer at the University of Oxford from 2009-2011. He holds a DPhil and an MSc in Anthropology from Oxford, an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.A. in English from Southeast Missouri State University. He is interested in applying the theories and tools 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 sociologists and psychologists on the Understanding Unbelief programme, a large, international, interdisciplinary project on atheism and agnosticism around the globe.

Please see Dr. Lanman’s Pure Profile for more information and list of publications.

Professor Harvey Whitehouse
Prof Harvey Whitehouse
Founding Director of the ICC


Prof Harvey Whitehouse was the founding Director of the ICC. He is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, where he created the Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology and the Centre for Anthropology and Mind. A specialist in Melanesian religion, he carried out two years of field research on a ‘cargo cult’ in New Britain, Papua New Guinea in the late eighties. His books include: Inside the Cult (1995), Arguments and Icons (2000), and Modes of Religiosity (2004).

Professor Jerome Barkow
Prof Jerome H. Barkow
Honorary Professor


Prof Jerome H. Barkow is an anthropologist with a career-long interest in evolution and human behavior, with a particular focus on the adaptations that make it possible for human populations to edit local culture with each generation in a manner that, at least until recently, kept cultural information pools at least somewhat adapted to local conditions. His current research uses commercial films to study the attentional mechanisms involved in socially mediated culture-editing. Among Barkow’s publications is Darwin, Sex, and Status: Biological Approaches to Mind and Culture. He is a co-editor, along with Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, of The Adapted Mind.

Dr Claire White
Dr Claire White
Associate Researcher


Dr Claire White is an Associate Researcher of the ICC. She obtained a BSc in psychology from Queen's University and a PhD from the ICC. Claire has worked at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and King's College, London. She was a temporary Lecturer in Cognition and Culture at the ICC from 2010 until September of 2012. She is now Assistant Professor at the Department of Religious Studies of California State University, Northridge. Claire is interested in folk concepts of personal identity and bereavement from the perspectives of cognitive anthropology, experimental psychology and experimental philosophy.