Welcome to our Research Project
Across the world, religious people have more children than their secular counterparts. In modern environments, the number of children in a family is inversely related to child success. Yet children born to religious parents often flourish. Why?
We are an international team investigating how religion impacts family size, child health and child success. Our research involves interviewing 8,500 participants about family, religion, support and health from across Bangladesh, India, Malawi, the Gambia, and the United States. This research is part of the ‘John Templeton Foundation’ and ‘Templeton Religion Trust’ funded project “The Evolutionary Dynamics of Religion, Family Size, and Child Success. Find more details about how the project is pre-registered on our Open Science Framework page.
Find your way around
The rise of love marriages? How market integration is changing how people marry in Matlab, Bangladesh
The rise of love marriages? How market integration is changing how people marry in Matlab, BangladeshBy Susie Schaffnit & Mary ShenkHollywood films portray marriage as a celebration of love...
The Evolution of the Evolutionary Demography of Religion ProjectBy John ShaverWhen I was a graduate student at UConn, my advisor, Rich Sosis, invited Eric Kaufmann to campus to give a talk about his...
Data collection in West Kiang, The GambiaBy Anne Cathrine PetersenThanks to our great team in West Kiang, our data collection is progressing well. Here is part of the team: Lamin Sanyang, Tumbulu...
Funding & Collaborations
The project is a collaboration between anthropologists and demographers from four universities: University of Otago, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, and University of Connecticut. The project is funded by the John Templeton Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust.