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Dr Jonathan A. LanmanSchool of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
Dr. Lanman's research addresses two areas in the scientific study of religion.
1) Atheism & Secularisation: His work on atheism and secularization aims to provide an account of why some individuals become theists and others become non-theists, why some nations have much higher proportions of non-theists than others, and why some non-theists engage in anti-religious social action.
2) Religious Identity, Ritual, and Self-Sacrifice: His work on religion and self-sacrifice aims to provide an account of the relative contributions of belief, ritual, values, and identity in explaining individual willingness to die for a religious group.
For further detail of Dr. Lanman's research, see: https://youtu.be/4XnCnK7kdf8
Open to PhD applications in the field of
- Cognitive Anthropology of Religion & Ritual
- Cognitive Anthropology of Atheism
Public outreach & key achievements
- Research project - Understanding Unbelief
- Research project - Ritual, Community, and Conflict
- New Scientist article: Faith of the faithless: Is atheism just another religion?
- New Scientist article: Religion is irrational, but so is atheism
- The Cut article:Religion Spreads Through Actions More Than Words
|PhD Title||A Cognitive Anthropological Examination of the Relationship between Catholic Scandals and Irish Secularisation|
|PhD Title||Coalition, Content, or Both? Identity Fusion and Afterlife Beliefs as Motivators for Self-Sacrifice|
|Country||United States of America|
|PhD Title||"Vodou economics": Contagious and reciprocal exchanges in New Orleans Vodou|