Joseph Bulbulia

Joseph Bulbulia

Joseph A. Bulbulia is a Professor in the School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland, where he was appointed the Maclaurin Goodfellow Chair in Theological and Religious Studies in 2018. He was formerly a Professor in the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington (2000– 2017).[1][2] Bulbulia is regarded as one of the founders of the contemporary evolutionary religious studies . He is a past President of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion[3] and is currently co-editor of Religion, Brain & Behavior.[4] Bulbulia is one of four on the Senior Management Team of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study,[5] a 20-year longitudinal study tracking over 15,000 New Zealanders each year. He is an associate investigator for Pulotu,[6] a database of 116 Pacific cultures purpose-built to investigate the evolutionary dynamics of religion. In 2016 Bulbulia won a Research Excellence Award at Victoria University.[7]

Career

Bulbulia’s early work explained how features of religious beliefs and emotions make people more predictably cooperative with members of their group, and uncooperative with people regarded to be social threats. Later work quantified the effects of religion on social responses to test functional theories of religion.

Life

Bulbulia was born in Buffalo, New York. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 2001.

Awards and achievements

  • 2016 Victoria University Research Excellence Award[7]
  • 2015 Co-editor, Religion Brain & Behavior[4]
  • 2014 President: International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion[3]
  • 2013 Editorial Advisory Board: Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science[8]
  • 2011 Editorial Advisory Board: Journal of the Cognitive Science of Religion
  • 2010-2012 Secretary General: International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion
  • 2010-2014 Editorial Advisory Board: Religion, Brain & Behavior[9]
  • 2010-2012 Advisor: The Adaptive Logic of Religious Belief and Behaviour Group[10]
  • 2006 Distinguished Fellow: Religion Cognition and Culture Group, Aarhus University[11]
  • 2006-2010 Executive Committee: International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion
  • 2006 Gæsteprofessor: Religion, Cognition, Culture Group: Aarhus University
  • 2000 Faculty Fellowship, Stevenson Hall: Princeton University
  • 1996-1999 Assistant Master, Stevenson Hall: Princeton University
  • 1996 Melon Fellowship: Princeton University
  • 1996 Bowen Merit Award: Princeton University

Peer-reviewed publications

References

  1. "Joseph Bulbulia". Joseph Bulbulia. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  2. Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. School of Art History, Classics and Religious. "Joseph Bulbulia". www.victoria.ac.nz. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  3. 1 2 "Executive Committee – International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion". www.iacsr.com. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  4. 1 2 "Religion, Brain & Behavior". www.tandfonline.com. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  5. "The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study - The University of Auckland". www.nzvalues.org. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  6. Ng, Simon J. Greenhill, Stef. "Pulotu". www.abodeofthegods.org. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  7. 1 2 Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington. Faculty of Humanities and Social. "News". www.victoria.ac.nz. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  8. "Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science". www.zygonjournal.org. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  9. "Editorial Team". journals.equinoxpub.com. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  10. "The Adaptive Logic of Religious Belief and Behavior | The John Templeton Foundation". www.templeton.org. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  11. "Distinguished fellows". rcc.au.dk. 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
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