Professor Scott Atran

Scott Atran

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Professor Scott Atran is tenured as Research Director in Anthropology at France’s National Center for Scientific Research, Institut Jean Nicod-Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris.  He also holds positions as Presidential Scholar, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York; Adjunct Professor Psychology and Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Director of Research, ARTIS Research and Risk Modeling. He is currently also a Fellow at: Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Maryland and University of Oxford (Harris Manchester College).

He received his B.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University (and an M.A. in social relations from Johns Hopkins). His research interests include the ways scientists and ordinary people categorize and reason about nature, on the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, and on the limits of rational choice in political and cultural conflict.

His publications include Cognitive Foundations of Natural History: Towards an Anthropology of Science (Cambridge Univ. Press), In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion (Oxford Univ. Press), The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature (MIT Press), and Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What It Means to Be Human (Penguin).

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