Research Assistants

 

Kayla Bonnin

Research Assistant, 2016-Present

Kayla is a masters student studying the cognitive science of religion (CSR) at Boston University’s Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Within CMAC, she is working on the scientific study of religion field mapping project to develop a landscape analysis of several fields associated with the scientific study of religion. Her own research uses the lens of CSR to explore the psychology and motivations behind religiously motivated terrorism.

 

Ari Brouwer

Research Assistant, 2016-Present

Ari Brouwer grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and graduated with degrees in Religion and Neuroscience from Dickinson College.  He is currently a master’s student at Boston University School of Theology, pursuing particular interests in  the neuroscience, psychology,and phenomenology of  intense religious cognition.  At the Center for Mind and Culture Ari works on assembling a database of information relevant to the religion and science field.

Christopher Greene

Research Assistant, 2017-Present

Christopher Greene is native to the Boston area where he grew up on the North Shore. He received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is most grateful for his time studying abroad in Nepal on Buddhist and Hindu sacred art and philosophy and assisting in guiding a meditation group for fellow undergraduate students. Christopher is currently a Master’s of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology with interdisciplinary interests in ecology, mysticism, neuroscience, spirituality, and holistic wellness. Outside of the classroom or research lab, Christopher enjoys competitive and recreational sports, music production and composition, and writing poetry. You can read some of Christopher’s poetry and other pieces here and here.

David Schulz

Research Assistant, 2017-Present

David grew up in Wisconsin and regularly defends the Midwest against its coastal critics. After studying Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he went on to teach English for a year in rural Austria. Now he is in Boston studying Theology (MDiv) at Boston University. He is interested in an array of topics within the nexus of religion and philosophy, including but not limited to philosophical theology, comparative religion, mysticism, and hermeneutics. David enjoys biking around the city, cooking, coffee, yoga, reading, but more than anything else, spending time with friends.