Alumni Spotlight

Jordan Kiper, Graduate of Cognitive Science Program 2018

In 2018, Jordan completed the UConn Cognitive Science Program and graduated with a PhD in anthropology. His research focuses on human conflict and cooperation, with particular interests in the role of propaganda in acts of mass violence as well as online harassment campaigns; the dynamics of religious systems; reconciliation after war; and human rights. To explore these issues, Jordan has conducted experimental research and fieldwork in regions of the Balkans. The interdisciplinary training he received at UConn helped him develop the skills to do qualitative and quantitative research in the behavioral and brain sciences. He recently finished a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he worked with Clark Barrett on the Geography of Philosophy Project (GPP). The GPP is an interdisciplinary cross-cultural exploration of the universality and diversity of fundamental philosophical concepts such as knowledge, understanding and wisdom. As of January 2020, Jordan is Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  

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