Scott Atran

Scott Atran

Director of Research & Senior Fellow


Chair, Center for Conflict Studies and Field Research

In addition to his position at ARTIS, Scott currently holds appointments as Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University; Presidential Scholar and Senior Research Associate, John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY; Visiting Professor of Psychology and Public Policy, Institute for Social Research and Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan; Directeur de Recherche, Anthropologie, Institut Jean Nicod, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique & Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France; and is a current member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism, World Federation of Scientists. His research and teaching interests are centered in the following areas: cognitive and linguistic anthropology, ethnobiology, environmental decision making, categorization and reasoning, evolutionary psychology, anthropology of science (history and philosophy of natural history and natural philosophy), Middle East ethnography and political economy, natural history of Lowland Maya, and cognitive and commitment theories of religion, terrorism, and foreign affairs. Scott Atran holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, an M.A from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. from Columbia College.

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