Dimitris Xygalatas, PhD,
Assistant Professor,
Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut
Experimental Anthropology Lab
Associate Professor,
Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University
Secretary General,
International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion
Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion

About me
I am an anthropologist, amateur photographer, and compulsive traveller. I was born in Greece, but have lived in 7 countries. I received my PhD in Anthropology from the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University Belfast. I have since held positions at the universities of Princeton, Aarhus, and Masaryk, where I served as Director of the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion (LEVYNA). I currently hold a joint position between Aarhus University and the University of Connecticut, where I am running the
Experimental Anthropology Lab.

My research is focused on the application of scientific methods and technologies in ethnographic field research. I have conducted several years of fieldwork in Southern Europe and Mauritius, studying the psychological and social effects of extreme rituals and developing a methodology for studying such rituals experimentally in their natural context. Apart from my academic pursuits, in the past I have worked as a freelance editor, translator, and photographer. I have translated several academic books on various subjects related to the Humanities, the Social Sciences, Cognitive Science, and evolutionary theory (
see my translations).