Jonathan Schulz’s first-authored article “The Church, Intensive Kinship, and Global Psychological Variation” was published in Science. This research received wide-spread international media attention including the Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, Telegraph, Economist, Cosmos, National Post, Scientific American, Science Magazine, Inverse, National Public Radio, United Press International, as well as in French (Le Devoir), German (ORF, Frankfurter Allgemeine), and Spanish (La Vanguardia) language media outlets among many others.
Dr. Schulz continues to study the role of kin networks on economic and social outcomes. Currently, he is investigating how historical kin networks impacted
innovation and the diffusion of technology within the U.S. In March 2020, Dr. Schulz co-organized an interdisciplinary workshop on kin networks and social/economic behavior. Scholars of anthropology, biology, and economics attended, including leading researchers such as James Robinson and Peter Richerdson. His further work investigates cross-societal variation in cooperation and moral challenges that arise due to the rapid development of artificial intelligence. His 2018 co-authored paper “The Moral Machine Experiment” continues to attract attention in the media and the scientific community. In Fall 2019, Dr. Schulz and colleagues published a reply in Nature, which allowed them to expand on their previous findings.
Dr. Schulz was invited to speak at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s (SPSP) pre-conference, “Advances in Cultural Psychology,” on his work detailing cross-cultural variation in cooperation. He also presented at the economic history seminar at Stanford, the SPSP meeting, and the Cultural Economics and Finance Conference (virtually). Several other seminar and workshop invitations (Amsterdam, Leuven, Utrecht, and London) were cancelled due to the COVID-19.