Editorial Team


Armin W. Geertz is Professor in the History of Religions at the Department of Culture and Society, Section for the Study of Religion, and Chair of the Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit (RCC), Aarhus University, Denmark.

As a humanities researcher I have specialized in applications of quantitative methods and computational tools in analysis, interpretation and storage of cultural data. I have participated in a range of collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects involving researchers from the humanities, social sciences, health science, and natural sciences. My research covers two areas of interest of which one is more recent (automated text analysis) and the other (modeling of cultural behavior) has followed me during my entire academic career. Both interests explore the cultural information space in new and innovative ways by combining cultural data and humanities theories with statistics, computer algorithms, and visualization.

I'm a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. I am also a Partner Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and Its Disorders in Sydney, Australia; a Research Associate of Oxford University’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology; and a Research Associate of the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion (LEVYNA) in Brno, Czech Republic. I studied undergraduate psychology at the University of Western Australia in Perth and obtained my PhD from Macquarie University in Sydney. I did postdoctoral work in Boston (Tufts University), Belfast (Queen’s University), Zürich (University of Zürich) and Oxford (University of Oxford). I also worked for a while as a clinical neuropsychologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, London, and as a lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, New South Wales. I’ve been at Royal Holloway since 2010.

Book Review Editor

Professor, Department of History and Religious Studies, University of Tromsø, and Review Editor, Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion

International Advisory Board

  • Rita Astuti, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
  • Uta Frith, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Chris Frith, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Paulo Sousa, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Dan Sperber, CEU, Budapest; Institut Nicod, Paris, Hungary
  • Ann Taves, University of California at Santa Barbara, United States
  • Claire White, California State University, Northridge, United Kingdom

Chairs of the International Advisory Board

  • Pascal Boyer, Washington University in St. Louis, United States
  • Dimitris Xygalatas, University of Connecticut, United States, and Aarhus University, Denmark