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.

Valerie completed her doctoral studies at the School of Psychology, the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2014. There, she did work on the cognitive neuroscience of episodic memory and future event imagination. After her PhD, she completed a postdoctoral project at Aarhus University, Denmark, where she investigated the intersection between religious ritual and episodic memory. She then joined the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, where she worked on religion, memory, and group processes as part of the Ritual, Community, and Conflict project. Valerie joined the Brain, Belief, and Behaviour group at CABS, Coventry University, as Research Associate at the beginning of 2016. Research Interests: Belief; Cognitive science of religion; Imagination; Episodic memory; Creativity; Unbelief

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.

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