I received my Ph.D. in English, specializing in literary theory and medieval literature, in 2011, from the University of Oregon. I earned my M.A. in English from the University of Denver, and dual bachelor degrees in English and Television & Film Production from the University of Louisiana, Monroe. I also studied Norse literature at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies and screenwriting at UCLA. My current research focuses on unconscious assumptions about individual agency implicit in narrative literature from diverse religious contexts in Europe during Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern Era. My other academic interests include the epic and mythic literature of ancient Europe, India, and Mesopotamia, as well as evolutionary psychology, behavioral economics, cognitive linguistics, and the philosophical works of David Hume, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, and Thomas Metzinger. I am committed to integrating the linguistic and cultural theories popular in the humanities with cognitive science, revising each where evidence demands. I have taught courses in fiction, drama, literary theory, rhetoric, research methods, anthropology, and religious studies. I am a member of Oregon’s Institute for Cognitive and Decision Sciences and the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion. I currently teach English literature at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.
- Neurophilosophy Challenges the Strategic Use of Moral Reasoning: A Review of Churchland’s Braintrust, ASEBL Journal, January 2014
- Theory-of-Mind in Beowulf: the Perils of Cognitive Historicism, The Evolutionary Review 4.1, 2013
- Modest Heroism: Beowulf and Competitive Altruism, ASEBL Journal, January 2013
- Persistent Mythologies: A Cognitive Approach to Beowulf and the Pagan Question (dissertation, 2011)
- Editorial Board, Association for the Study of Ethical Behavior / Evolutionary Biology in Literature (ASEBL)
- Institute for Cognitive and Decision Sciences
- CogNarrative Blog [under construction]
- Twitter: @ericluttrell
- Academia.edu profile
- SocialPsychology.org profile
- Univerity of Denver portfolio
- HASTAC profile
- Chronicle Vitae profile
- YouTube playlists
- Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2011, English
- M.A. University of Denver, 2005, English
- Professional Program, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002, Screenwriting
- B. A. University of Louisiana, Monroe, 2000, TV/Film Production and English
Continuing Education and Professional Development
- Icelandic & Old Norse – University of Minnesota & Arni Magnusson School for Icelandic Studies
- Behavioral Economics: “A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior,” Duke University / Coursera. Prof. Dan Ariely.
- Psychology: “Moralities of Everyday Life,” Yale University / Coursera. Prof. Paul Bloom.
- University Teaching 101, Johns Hopkins University / Coursera. Prof. Pamela Jeffries and Prof. David Andrews.