CV

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Academic Appointments

2014-present    Professor, School of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand
2014- present   Research Associate, Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
2010-present    Visiting Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK
2010-2013        Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand
2009-2010        Methodology Lecturer, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK
2007-2010        Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK
2007-2010        Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK
2006-2007        Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Zoology Department, University of Reading, UK

 

Educational Qualifications

2003-2006        PhD, Psychology, University of Auckland (Best Doctoral Thesis Award)
1998-2002         BA (1st Class Honours), University of Auckland (Senior Scholar in Psychology)

 

Significant Distinctions & Awards

2017                 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award in Environmental Sustainability, University of Auckland
2016                  Research Excellence Award, University of Auckland
2012-2017        Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, Royal Society, New Zealand
2007-2010       Research Fellowship, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
2006                  Best Doctoral Thesis Award, University of Auckland, New Zealand
2003-2006       Bright Futures Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship, New Zealand,
2004/2005       New Zealand Young Scientist of the Year (People and Society division)
2002                  Science Faculty Senior Scholarship, University of Auckland
2002                  Senior Scholar in Psychology, University of Auckland
2002                  Senior Prize in Philosophy, University of Auckland

 

Professional Societies & Other Activities

Associate Editor for Evolution and Human Behavior
Guest Editor for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
Editorial Board for Diachronica
Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Panel member (Economics and Human Behaviour)
Expert Advisor for the Nature Index (http://www.natureindex.com/)
Research Fellow on the European Commission Explaining Religion (EXREL) project
Research Fellow on the British Academy Lucy to Language project
Research Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK
Member of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR)
Member of the Society of Systematic Biologists
Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society
Associate Member of Behavioural and Brain Sciences

Research Grants

2018    Marsden Grant, Royal Society of New Zealand, “Political gaming: using economic games to explore the foundations of political ideology”, NZ$835,000 (principal investigator).
2018    Stewart Family Trust, “EDGE Languages”, NZ$65,000 (principal investigator)
2015    University of Auckland, Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Development Fund, “Establishment of the Centre for Computational Evolution (CCE) in the Faculty of Science”, NZ$150,000.
2013    Marsden Grant, Royal Society of New Zealand, “Tongues, trees and Bayesian inference”, NZ$850,000 (principal investigator).
2013    University of Auckland, Faculty Research Development Fund, NZ$95,000 (principal investigator).
2012    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, “Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium”, CAN$3million (associate investigator).
2012    Templeton Foundation, “Testing the functional roles of religion in human society” (US$300,000)
2011    Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, Royal Society, New Zealand (NZ$1 million) (Principal-Investigator).
2010    Economic and Social Research Council, UK – “Bringing ritual to mind” (£3.1million) (Co-investigator)
2008   Cognition, Religion and Theology Grant, Templeton Foundation – “ Cross-cultural religious diversity”, £25,000 (principal investigator)
2008   Cognition, Religion and Theology Grant, Templeton Foundation – “Supernatural agents, surveillance and cheating”, £13,000 (principal investigator)