About Me

I am a social psychologist and philosopher at the University of Oxford. I work primarily on human morality and parochial altruism, exploring when, why, and how people help their own group members more than members of other groups. In particular, I am interested in the practical implications of this work for tackling large scale societal issues like environmental sustainability and poverty relief. I am passionate about politics, justice, and dogs.

Short Biography

I obtained my BA in Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology at Corpus Christi College in the University of Oxford in 2012, gaining a First Class degree. During my undergraduate I took advanced courses in Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Aesthetics, the Social Psychological Basis of Intergroup Conflict, and the Development of Science and Religion. My research dissertation, conducted under the supervision of Miles Hewstone, looked at how Muslim women wearing headscarfs are perceived.

I then completed my MSc in Psychological Research in 2013, again at the University of Oxford, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. I was awarded a Distinction in this, both for my coursework and an extended research dissertation on the role of perceived threat in explaining the relationship between ethnic diversity and negative intergroup attitudes.

I studied for my D.Phil (PhD) in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. I was jointly supervised by Molly Crockett and Nadira Faber and completed my thesis in 2017 with a dissertation on ingroup favouritism in prosocial behaviour. Throughout my PhD I held a position as a Research Associate in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (Department of Philosophy). During my PhD In 2014 I was lucky enough to spend 2 months as a Visiting Scholar at Yale University, working on human cooperation with David Rand. In 2016 I was aware a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to spend 6 months as a Research Fellow at Harvard University, working with Fiery Cushman and Mina Cikara.

I am now a PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, working with Julian Savulescu and Nadira Faber on moral responsibility and prosociality. In 2018, I shall move to Leiden University to work with Carsten De Dreu as a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie “LEaDing” PostDoctoral Research Fellow.

Academic Positions

  • 2018-2020 Marie-Sklodowska-Curie “LEaDing” PostDoctoral Research Fellow

    Department of Psychology,
    Leiden University

  • 2017-2018 PostDoctoral Research Fellow

    Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
    University of Oxford

  • 2015-2016 Fulbright Research Fellow

    Department of Psychology,
    Harvard University

Selected Awards

Marie-Sklodowska-Curie “LEaDing” Fellow

From 2018 to 2020, I received an award co-funded by Leiden University and the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Foundation to enable me to work with Carsten De Dreu for two years integrating my work on moral decision making with research on parochial morality.

Fulbright Research Fellow

From 2015-2016 I received a Fulbright Postgraduate Award to work at Harvard University with Mina Cikara and Fiery Cushman.

ESRC Graduate Scholarship

My Graduate studies at the University of Oxford were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom, and I received the only psychology award offered at our university offered in that year.

Selected Publications

Here are some of my recent publications. Please click on the button below for more a full publication list, along with overviews of the papers and links to download.

More Publications

Beyond sacrificial harm: a two-dimensional model of utilitarian psychology

Psychological Review
Guy Kahane*, Jim A.C. Everett*, Brian D. Earp, Lucius Caviola, Nadira S. Faber, Molly J. Crockett, Julian Savulescu

The moral standing of animals: Towards a psychology of speciesism

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Lucius Caviola, Jim A.C. Everett, Nadira S. Faber

How good is the Samaritan, and why? An experimental investigation of the extent and nature of religious prosociality using economic games

Social Psychological and Personality Science 7(3), 248-255
Jim A.C. Everett, Omar Sultan Haque, David G. Rand
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Research Projects

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