Scott Atran is an adjunct research professor at the Ford School and an anthropologist who conducts experiments to understand how people categorize and reason about nature, the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, and the limits of rational choice in political and cultural conflict. Atran has done fieldwork around the world and has interviewed the leaders and members of insurgent and extremist groups. He has briefed members of NATO, U.S. Senators and Representatives, National Security Council staff at the White House, the United Nations Security Council, European Union governments, the World Economic Forum, and others on problems of youth and violent extremism. He is tenured as a research director in anthropology at France's National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institut Jean Nicod, in Paris and is a founding fellow of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at the University of Oxford.