Our Team

Our Team

Yair Lior

Yair holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion at Boston University and an M.A. Degree in Traditional Chinese Aesthetics from Beijing Normal University in China. His research interests include method and theory in the study of religion, Song Dynasty intellectual history, Neo-Confucianism, and Chinese/Jewish comparative themes. He is particularly interested in cross-disciplinary research that integrates the humanities and social sciences with scientific methodologies such as systems theory, information theory, and complexity science. He teaches at Boston University and conducts research at the Center for Mind And Culture (CMAC) in Boston.


Elly Moseson

Elly earned his B.A. at Columbia University, where he studied literature and philosophy. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Boston University. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Hamburg and Tel Aviv University. His research interests include mysticism, magic, the cultural and political functions of texts, and the intersection of literature, religion and psychoanalysis.


Connor Wood

Connor is an expert in the cognitive and evolutionary sciences of ritual. He received his PhD in religious studies from Boston University in 2016, with a focus on religion and science. Since then, he’s worked as a postdoc and research associate at the Center for Mind and Culture in Kenmore Square, Boston. His research spans disciplines and has led to peer-reviewed articles on many aspects of ritual, including self-regulation, shamanism, and the evolutionary foundations of music. He blogs at the religion website Patheos and has written for The Conversation, HuffPost, Orbiter Magazine and elsewhere.


Lauren Blake

Lauren holds a B.S in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in molecular Biology at the university of Chicago. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and designed and implemented a novel mathematics curriculum based on Singapore math to challenge advanced students through grade 10. Lauren designed and taught the “Essay Writing for College Admissions Applications” course, wrote and taught SAT curriculum for advanced students, and taught high-achieving students in Algebra I and II, geometry, biology, and SAT, improving students’ SATs scores by 100+ points per section.


Chris Gross

Chris is an anthropologist with extensive ethnographic experience in Central Asia. He is also a UX researcher with a passionate interest in how people interact with technology, and how those interactions are shaped by their distinct cultural settings. His history as an anthropologist has led him to do research centered on the experiences and perspectives of other people as a way to examine and learn about foreign societies and traditions. With extensive experience in teaching academically and in the public sphere, Chris also engages in dialogue with the public about the importance of intelligently integrating, as well as regulating, the use of technology in contemporary culture.

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