My work has focused on the evolution of religion and cooperation, with particular interests in ritual, magic, religious cognition, and the dynamics of religious systems. To explore these issues, I have conducted fieldwork with remote cooperative fishers in the Federated States of Micronesia and with various communities throughout Israel. I am co-founder and co-editor of the journal Religion, Brain & Behavior, which publishes research on the biological study of religion, and Religion Editor of the online magazine This View of Life.
human behavioral ecology, collective action problems, evolution of cooperation, signaling theory, foraging theory, life history theory, complex adaptive systems, evolution of religion, ritual, magic, anthropology of sport, utopian societies, Micronesia, Israel, Middle East
Anthropology of Jewish Cultures
Anthropology of Sport and Games
Human Behavioral Ecology
Construction of Social Reality
Culture and Religion
Understanding Religious Experience