Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Experimental
Anthropology Lab, University of Connecticut
Associate Professor, Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University
What He Studies
The consequences of ritual behavior, with a focus on the performance of high-intensity rituals and developing a methodology for studying these rituals experimentally in their natural contexts.
recent articles on religion & culture
in the news
Painful rites seem to be a way of engineering the kind of affinity that arises naturally among people who have suffered similar traumatic experiences. Psychologists have also long believed that pain creates exceptional bonds, and researchers have been running experiments.
— The New Yorker
From fire-walking to the ice-bucket challenge, ritual pain and suffering forge intense social bonds.
— Aeon Magazine
University of Connecticut
Department of Anthropology
354 Mansfield Road
Storrs, CT 06029