Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion

An Institute of the Center for Mind and Culture

IBCSR is a research institute handling religion-focused research within the Center for Mind and Culture.

Science On Religion.org features news on the scientific study of religion, book reviews, and videos.

Exploring My Religion.org: get instant feedback on your spirituality and contribute to scientific research.

Religion, Brain & Behavior is the flagship journal in the bio-cultural study of religion, discounted for IBCSR members.

Current Doctoral Fellows

Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan

CONTRIBUTOR to SCIENCEONRELIGION.ORG and EXPLORINGMYRELIGION.ORG, 2012-2015
LINDAMOOD FELLOW, 2013-2019

Jonathan Morgan began working with IBCSR when he was a masters student studying psychology and theology at Boston University. He continues as a Lindamood Doctoral Fellow, working on IBCSR's Neuroscience and Religious Cognition Project. He is particularly interested in understanding spirituality and its relationship to mental health. He is a regular contributor to ScienceOnReligion.org and the principal blogger at ExploringMyReligion.org.

Chris Halloran

Christopher Halloran

LINDAMOOD FELLOW, 2013-2019

Chris Halloran is a doctoral candidate in Boston University's Religion and Science graduate program. Through the Lindamood Fellowship, he works with Drs. Patrick McNamara and Wesley Wildman studying the neurobiology of religious cognition, focusing on the role of brain dopamine in the comprehension of religious concepts and theory of mind. His interests include the formulation of a science-driven metaphysical and epistemological pragmatist theory of religion and the intersection of science with religious and “non-religious” (cf. Humanist) communities in 21st century American politics, education, and media.

David Rohr

David Rohr

DOCTORAL FELLOW, 2013-2014, 2015-2017

David Rohr earned his MDiv from the Boston University School of Theology in 2012 and is currently working on his PhD in Religion and Science at BU's Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Dave is working with Wesley Wildman on the Dimensions of Spirituality Project and with Patrick McNamara on the Neuroscience and Religious Cognition Project. His own research is focused on the intersection of scientific and religious perspectives on human nature. Dave's long-term goal is to contribute to the development of a theological anthropology that is consistent with contemporary science, yet capable of fully affirming human spiritual quests.

Jennifer Lindsay

Jennifer Lindsay

LINDAMOOD FELLOW, 2014-2018

Jenn Lindsay is a PhD Candidate at Boston University's Graduate Division of Religious Studies, where she studies how religious difference affects personal relationships in families, friendships, and interfaith dialogue groups. She is presently conducting ethnographic dissertation research at Confronti Magazine in Rome, analyzing the nature and networks of interfaith dialogue in Italy. She is IBCSR's documentarian and has produced a series of videos about ongoing IBCSR projects and important trends at the Institute. Jenn uses her research and her documentary filmmaking to encourage reflection about religion “outside the box”: beyond institutions and policies, and within real lives and relationships. She earned her Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Interfaith Relations at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She hails from San Diego, California and worked for a decade in New York City as an independent musician and filmmaker. Find out more about Jenn here.

Kate Stockly-Meyerdirk

Kate Stockly

DOCTORAL FELLOW, 2014-2017

Kate Stockly-Meyerdirk is working on her PhD in Science, Philosophy, and Religion at Boston University's Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Within IBCSR, she is working with Dr. Wesley Wildman and Dr. Patrick McNamara on the Sex Differences and Religion Project, seeking to uncover the complex interactions among sex, gender, religion, and spirituality. In general, her work is characterized by multidisciplinary investigation into human religiosity that aspires to harmonize the sciences and humanities.

 

 

Former Doctoral Fellows

Nicholas DiDonato, 2010-2015

Erica Harris 2007-2013

Derek Michaud, 2008-2010

Jeffrey Edmonds, 2008-2012

Joel Daniels, 2009-2010

P. Monroe Butler, 2009-2011

Daniel Ansted, 2011-2012

Ian Cooley, 2012-2014

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