Jonathan Gottschall writes books about the intersection of science and art. He is one of the leading figures in a new movement that is trying to bridge the humanities-sciences divide. His most recent book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, draws on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology and biology to argue that storytelling has evolved to ensure our species’ survival.
Gottschall teaches in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and blogs at Psychology Today and the Huffington Post. While his Ph.D. is in english, his main dissertation advisor was the prominent evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson, and he splits his academic writing between psychology and literary journals. His work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American Mind, New Scientist and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. He is the author or editor of six books, including The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence and the World of Homer and Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis of Literary Meaning, which he co-authored with Joseph Carroll, John Johnson, and Dan Kruger.