Dominic Johnson

Dominic Johnson is Alistair Buchan Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. He received a D.Phil. from Oxford in evolutionary biology, and a Ph.D. from Geneva University in political science. Drawing on both disciplines, he is interested in how new research on evolution and human biology is challenging theories of international relations, conflict, and cooperation. For the 2012-2013 academic year, he is co-leading a project on evolution and human nature at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton.

Recent Posts

July 21, 2016 in Culture, Religion

Religion through an Evolutionary Lens: A Conversation about Dominic Johnson’s “God is Watching You”

Dominic Johnson's new book present an new look at religion by suggesting that the same underlying scientific perspective—evolution and natural selection—can lead to a very different stance on religion from…
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March 4, 2016 in Politics

The Ends of War: Human Evolution and the Origins of Inter-Group Violence

If we want to understand the beliefs and behavior of people locked in deadly conflict with each other, we first need to consider these traits in their natural context, and…
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November 18, 2015 in Culture, Religion

God Is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human

Read an excerpt from Dominic Johnson's new book 'God is Watching You' where he presents a new theory of the origins and evolution of not only religion, but also human…
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