Dimitris Xygalatas, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anthropology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research focuses on the interaction between cognition and culture, particularly with regards to religious and ritual practices. In my work I seek to develop and apply scientific methods and technologies in ethnographic field research. I have conducted several years of fieldwork in Southern Europe and Mauritius. Before coming to UConn, I 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 am currently a visiting Associate Professor at Aarhus University and an affiliate of the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences. At UConn, I direct the Experimental Anthropology Lab, which develops methods and technologies for quantifying behavior in real-life settings.


2007 PhD in Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast
2004 MA in Religious Studies, Aristotle University-Aarhus University
2002 BA in Religious Studies, Aristotle University Thessaloniki

Contact Information
Mailing Address354 Mansfield Road, Unit 1176
Storrs, CT 06269