I was an undergraduate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I majored in both archaeology and cultural anthropology. I then entered the Evolution, Cognition and Culture Program at the University of Connecticut where I received a MA and a PhD with distinction. From 2013-2014 I served as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognition and Culture at the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion. From 2014-2016 I was a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, where I began working with Chris Sibley and Joseph Bulbulia on the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS). I am currently Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Religion at the University of Otago. I am on the Advisory Board for the NZAVS and Secretary General for the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion.