Watts, J., Sheehan, O., Bulbulia, J., Gray, R.D., & Atkinson, Q.D. (Submitted). Christianity spread faster in small politically structured societies.
Sheehan, O., Watts, J., Gray, R.D., & Atkinson, Q.D. (Submitted). The coevolution of intensive agriculture and socio-political hierarchy.
Watts, J., Greenhill, S., Atkinson, Q., Currie, T., Bulbulia, J., & Gray, R. (2015). Broad supernatural punishment but not moralizing high gods precede the evolution of political complexity in Austronesia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biology, 282(1804), 20142.
Watts, J., Sheehan, O., Greenhill, S.J., Gomes-Ng, S., Atkinson, Q.D., Bulbulia, J., & Gray, R.D. (2015). Pulotu: Database of Austronesian Supernatural Beliefs and Practices. PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0136783.
Watts, J., Sheehan, O., Atkinson, Q.D., Bulbulia, J., & Gray, R.D. (In Press). Did ritual human sacrifice help build and sustain social inequality? Empirical Studies in the Cognitive Science of Religion (Ed. D.J. Slone). Bloomsbury Academic.
Watts, J., Gray, R.D., & Bulbulia, J. (In Press). The New Collaborative Scientific Study of Religious History.
Articles for a General Audience
Purzycki, B.G., & Watts, J. (In Press). Reinvigorating the comparative, cooperative ethnographic science of religion.
Selected Media Coverage
The Guardian. Study shows human sacrifice was less likely in more equal societies. By Tim Radford.
New York Times. Why Some Societies Practiced Ritual Human Sacrifice. By Tatiana Schlossberg.
Science. To foster complex societies, tell people a god is watching. By Lizzie Wade.
International Business Times. Belief in supernatural punishment not ‘big gods’ gave rise to complex societies. By Hannah Osborne.