My research centers on the anthropology of religion, violence, and human rights. I am especially interested in how religious and moral systems influence the way group members think and behave, and vice versa. Much of my work focuses on religious and moral cognition; the effects of war propaganda and other hate media on combatants; trust and cooperation among violence cadres; and religion as an adaptive system. Besides undertaking lab work to examine these issues, I have carried out extensive fieldwork with ex-fighters and survivors of armed conflicts in the Balkans. My academic training includes anthropology, philosophy, cognitive science, and human rights.
Curriculum Vitae: Kiper CV
- Kiper, J., & Sosis, R. (In press). The logic and location of strong reciprocity: Anthropological and philosophical considerations. In M. Li & D. Tracer (Ed.), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Fairness, Equity and Justice. New York: Springs.
- Sosis, R., & Kiper, J. (In press). Sacred versus Secular Values: Cognitive and Evolutionary Sciences of Religion and Religious Freedom. In T.S. Shah (Ed.), Homo Religiosis?: Exploring the Roots of Religion and Religious Freedom in Human Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- DiVietro, S., & Kiper, J. (In press). Revenge and Forgiveness in Domestic Violence Intervention. In S. DiVietro & J. Kiper (Eds.), Perspectives on Forgiveness: Contrasting Approaches to Concepts of Forgiveness and Revenge. Oxford, UK: Fisher Imprints.
- Kiper, J., & Sosis, R. (In press). The Roots of Intergroup Conflict and the Co-option of the Religious System: An Evolutionary Perspective on Religious Terrorism. In J. Liddie and T. Shackelford (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Religion. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Kiper, J., & Sosis, R. (2016). Shaking the Tyrant’s Bloody Robe: Evolutionary Perspectives on Intergroup Conflict, Religion, and Ethnic Violence. Politics and Life Sciences, 35(1), 27-40.
- Kiper, J., & Sosis, R. (2016). Why Terrorism Terrifies Us. In M. Taylor (Ed.), Evolutionary Psychology and Terrorism: New Perspectives on Political Violence (pp. 102-123). New York: Routledge.
- Kiper, J. (2016). Right Views: The Shared Insights of Buddhism, Biology, and Existentialism. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 6(1), 88-91.
- Kiper, J., & Meier, J. (2015). The Problems and Origins of Belief in Big Gods. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 5(4), 298-305.
- Purzycki, B., Kiper, J., Shaver, J., Finkel, D., & Sosis, R. (2015). Religion. In R.A. Scott & M. Stephens (Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Kiper, J. (2015). War Propaganda, War Crimes, and Post-Conflict Justice in Serbia: An Ethnographic Account. The International Journal of Human Rights, 19(5), 572-591.
- Kiper, J. (2015). Toward an Anthropology of War Propaganda. Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 38(1), 129-146.
- Kiper, J. & Sosis, R. (2014). Moral Intuitions and the Religious System: An Adaptationist Account. Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, 1(2), 172-199.
- Sosis, R., & Kiper, J. (2014). Religion is more than Belief: What Evolutionary Theories of Religion tell us about Religious Commitments. In M. Bergmann & P. Kain (eds.), Challenges to Religion and Morality: Disagreements and Evolution (pp. 256-276). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Sosis, R., & Kiper, J. (2014). Why Religion is better Conceived as a Complex System than a Normative Institution. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 275-276.
- Kiper, J. (2014). Beyond Utopia: The History and Future of Human Rights. Warscapes. Post: September 16, 2014.
- Kiper, J. (2013). Why Anthropology Remains Integral to Cognitive Science. Topics in Cognitive Science – Journal of the Cognitive Science Society, 6(1), 151-152.
- Kiper, J. (2012) Do Human Rights have Religious Foundations? Religion and Human Rights,7(2), 109-131.
- Kiper, J. (2011). Henry Shue on Basic Rights: A Defense. Human Rights Review, 12(4), 505-514.