People – Graduate Students

Current Doctoral Fellows

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.

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

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

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

Doctoral Fellow, 2014-2017

Kate Stockly 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

Lindamood Fellow, 2010-2015
Contributing Editor for ScienceOnReligion.org, 2010-2013

Nicholas DiDonato was a doctoral student in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies at Boston University. He is working with Wesley Wildman on the Ideological Spectrums Project, and on the Dimensions of Spirituality Project.

Erica Harris

Doctoral Fellow, 2007-2011
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2015

Erica Harris is a research psychologist in the medical service corps for the United States Navy, working on sleep studies. When first working with IBCSR, she was a PhD student in Boston University Medical School, specializing in behavioral neurosciences. She was heavily involved in IBCSR-related research in the laboratory of Patrick McNamara, and her research focus was on the evolution of religious behaviors, beliefs, and experiences. She has since rejoined us as a post-doctoral fellow.

Derek Michaud

Doctoral Fellow, 2008-2010

Derek Michaud was a PhD candidate in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University. His dissertation research revolved around the intersection of early modern science, philosophy, and theology in the seventeenth-century Cambridge Platonist John Smith’s doctrine of the spiritual senses. He was a contributing editor for ScienceOnReligion.org‘s previous incarnation as a portion of the IBCSR website. More information about Derek is available here.

Jeffrey Edmonds

Doctoral Fellow, 2008-2012

Jeffrey Edmonds was a PhD candidate in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University. Jeff’s interests focus on the intersection of national security, foreign policy, and religious violence. His work with the Institute involved the use of cultural phylogenetic analysis using tools adapted from evolutionary biology in order to understand the emergence of violence in small religious groups. Jeff has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and continues to serve part-time as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Joel Daniels

Doctoral Fellow, 2009-10
Lindamood Fellow, 2010-2014
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2017

Joel Daniels was a PhD candidate in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies at Boston University. He finished his PhD in 2014 and continues to edit the IBCSR Research Review, and he is also Assistant Editor for Religion, Brain & Behavior. Visit his BU webpage here.

P. Monroe Butler

Doctoral Fellow, 2009-2011
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2015

Paul Butler was an MD-PhD student at Boston University School of Medicine, graduating in 2012 and moving on to a neurology residency at Tufts Medical. He researches aspects of neurocognition in patients with Parkinson’s disease under the direction of Dr. Patrick McNamara and has rejoined as a consultant on the Neuroscience and Religious Cognition Project.

Daniel Ansted

Lindamood Fellow, 2011-2012
Contributor to ScienceOnReligion.org, 2011-2012

Daniel Ansted was a doctoral student in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University, working on both historical and contemporary dimensions of the relationship between science and religion, particularly in relation to evolution and Christianity. He was working with Wesley Wildman and Joel Daniels on building the online database component of the IBCSR Research Review.

Ian Cooley

Doctoral Fellow, 2012-2014
Editorial Assistant for Religion, Brain & Behavior, 2013-2014

Ian Cooley was a doctoral student in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University. His interests focus on the phenomenology of religious experience, particularly as it pertains to our encounter with Otherness, and how such analyses might be applied to an understanding of scientific inquiry. He was working with Dr. Wesley Wildman on the Quantifying Religious Experience Project (QRXP), and he was the editorial assistant for the Institute’s journal, Religion, Brain & Behavior.

Matthew Haase

Masters Fellow, 2013-2014

Matthew Haase was pursuing a masters degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He was working on IBCSR’s Simulating Religion Project.