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Dimitris Xygalatas

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

Dimitris Xygalatas is an anthropologist and cognitive scientist who studies some of the things that make us human. Most of his work has focused on rituals and their ability to soothe, excite, unite and divide us. His latest book on the topic is "Ritual: How Seemingly Senseless Acts Make Life Worth Living."


  • –present
    Associate professor, University of Connecticut


  • 2007 
    Queen's University Belfast, PhD/Anthropology