Institution: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Position: Postdoc
Location: Jena, Germany
Role at DRH: Expert


As a researcher I am broadly interested in how humans evolved the capacity for religion and I use cross-cultural data to test theories about how religions co-evolve with social structures. Recently I have used phylogenetic methods and comparative data on traditional Austronesian cultures to test functional theories about ritualised human sacrifice and beliefs in supernatural punishment. Please check out my personal website for more information on my research.

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary Religious Studies
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Phylogenetic Methods
  • Austronesia

Database Contributions

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Kapingamarangi July 09, 2019