University of Oregon — Eugene, OR
Azim Shariff is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, and director of the Cultural and Morality Lab. His primary research focuses on the functionalist origins and social consequences of religions, with a special focus on pro- and anti-social behavior and attitudes. His work on religion and morality, anti-atheist prejudice and the evolution of religion has been published in academic journals such as Science and Psychological Science and has been covered in media outlets such as The Economist, New Scientist, and The New York Times. In 2012, he was awarded the Margaret Gorman Early Career Award for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality from the American Psychological Association.
His talks bring scientific data to the often empirically lacking assertions made by both detractors and defenders of religion. This evidence is aimed at elevating and progressing what can be a vociferous debate about the role and consequence of religion in modern society.