Professor Braxton earned a bachelor's degree in religion and political science from Wittenberg University in 1986. He went on to earn a master's degree (divinity) in 1987 and a doctorate in Ethics and the HUman Sciences in 1993, both from the University of Chicago.
Braxton taught at many universities and colleges before coming to Juniata in 2002.
Braxton writes and publishes in the field of evolutionary and cognitive scientific studies of religion. He models religious behavior using multi-agent computer simulations. In recent years, he has taken on the role of running the Digital Humanities Certificate Program at the college.
He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Institute for Religion in the Age of Science, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Cogitive Science Society, and the INternational Association for the Cognitive and Evolutionary Study of Religion.
He is married to Sarah Braxton. They have three children, Samuel, Theodore, and Grace.