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About D. Jason Slone

I specialize in the comparative social scientific study of religion. I’m interested in explaining the patterns of religious belief and behavior that have been identified across cultures and eras in terms of the evolutionary and cognitive mechanisms involved in their production and transmission (e.g., how memory biases the spread of “theologically incorrect” folk concepts over orthodox theological concepts). I am also broadly interested in theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religion, including bridging the sciences and the humanities by, for example, using experimental methods to test humanistic claims. Finally, I’m interested in applying insights from the cognitive sciences and cultural studies to the science of teaching and learning (SoTL).


2015 - Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Arts and Humanities, College of
Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Philosophy and Religious Studies, Department of

Curriculum Vitae


2007 Grant to host international symposium on “Religion and Violence: Evolutionary and Political Perspectives”
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Culture and Cognition Laboratory
Role: Recipient
2006 Webster University Faculty Research Grant
Webster University
Role: Recipient
Colleague(s): Mary Harmon-Vukic
2004 University of Findlay Internal Research Grant
University of Findlay
2002 - 2004 University of Findlay Faculty Development Grant
University of Findlay
Role: Recipient
2002 University of Findlay Technology-in-Teaching Grant
University of Findlay
Role: Recipient
2000 Travel Fund Grant
Western Michigan University Graduate College
Role: Recipient
1999 Research Travel Fund Grant
The Ohio State University Division of Comparative Studies in the Humanities
Role: Recipient
1998 Research Travel Fund Grant
The Ohio State University Division of Comparative Studies in the Humanities
Role: Recipient
1997 Research Travel Fund Grant
The Ohio State University Division of Comparative Studies in the Humanities
Role: Recipient
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2011 - Present Steering Committee, Cognitive Science of Religion Group, American Academy of Religion
2012 - 2015 Member, Graduate Council, Tiffin University
2012 - 2015 Chair, Online Learning Council, Tiffin University
2010 - 2014 Member, Academic Affairs Council, Tiffin University
2012 Member, Workload and Compensation Committee (Ad-Hoc), Tiffin University
2010 - 2011 Member, Degree Completion Council, Tiffin University
2010 - 2011 Member, Prior Learning Assessment Committee, Tiffin University
2010 - 2011 Member, Student Athletic Committee, Tiffin University
2010 Member, Committee on Academic Dishonesty (Ad-Hoc), Tiffin University
2008 Interim Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Webster University
2007 - 2008 Faculty Senate, Webster University
2005 - 2008 Member, Institutional Accreditation Committee, Webster University
2007 Member, Bio-Physics Search Committee, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Webster University
2007 Freshman Advisor, Webster University
2006 - 2007 Member, Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, Webster University
2005 - 2006 Chair, Religious Studies Curriculum Committee, Webster University
2002 - 2005 Member, Diversity Concerns Committee, University of Findlay
2002 - 2005 Member, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Beta Delta Chapter, University of Findlay
2002 - 2005 Member, Religious Diversity Committee, University of Findlay
2003 Member, Presidential Task Force on Faculty Compensation (Ad-Hoc), University of Findlay
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Honors and Awards

  • All-University Research Scholar Award, Western Michigan University. (2001)
  • University Teaching Excellence Award, Western Michigan University, Department of Comparative Religion. (2001)
  • Doctoral Associate Fellowship, Western Michigan University, Graduate College. (1999–2002)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, Midwest American Academy of Religion, St. Louis (March 1999)
  • Graduate Assistantship, The Ohio State University Graduate School. (1997–1999)
  • Most Promising Graduate Student in Southeast Asian Studies Finalist, Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute. (August 1997)
  • Academic Achievement Award, College of Wooster. (1991-1995)
  • Presidential Leadership Award, College of Wooster. (1991-1995)


  • Applied Ethics (Online)
  • Applied Statistics
  • Christianity
  • Developmental Psychology (Online)
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Introduction to Psychology (Online)
  • Introduction to Religion
  • Introduction to Western Religions
  • Islam
  • Middle East History (Online)
  • New Religious Movements
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Religion and Culture
  • Religion and Science
  • Religions of Africa and the Americas
  • Religions of China and Japan
  • Religions of India and Tibet
  • Religious Issues in Contemporary Society
  • Roots of Religion
  • Social Psychology (Online)
  • The Buddhist Tradition
  • The Islamic Tradition
  • World Mythology (Online)
  • World Religions


2002 Ph.D. Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University
1999 M.A. Comparative Studies in the Humanities, The Ohio State University
1995 B.A. Religious Studies, The College of Wooster

Contact Information

PO Box 8142
Statesboro, GA 30458
Phone: (912) 478-2527


Books (3)

Articles, Entries, and Reviews (19)

Presentations (26)