Travis Langley, Ph.D.

Travis Langley, Ph.D.

Superherologist Travis Langley, author of the book Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight, is a psychology professor who teaches on crime, mental illness, social behavior, and media, not to mention a course titled "Batman," at Henderson State University. He received his bachelor's degree from Hendrix College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from Tulane University. Travis has also been a child abuse investigator, courtroom expert, and undefeated champion on the Wheel of Fortune game show even though none of the puzzles they gave him were about psychology or superheroes.

Thousands follow Dr. Langley as @Superherologist on Twitter. An organizer of the Comics Arts Conference, he regularly speaks as a panelist discussing the psychology of superheroes at conventions like San Diego Comic-Con International, WonderCon, Wizard World, and New York Comic Con, joined by great people like Bat-Films executive producer Michael Uslan, legendary comic book writer Dennis O'Neil, "Batman" actor Adam West, and West's motion picture Catwoman Lee Meriwether. He is also a popular speaker on college campuses. As part of their ongoing ERIICA Project (Empirical Research on the Interpretation and Influence of the Comic Arts), Travis and his students investigate how fans see themselves and their heroes.

Dr. Langley appears as a featured interviewee in the documentaries Legends of the Knight, Comic Book Literary, Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics, and others in production.

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Beyond Heroes and Villains

Who are your heroes? And why? Who inspires your dreams and hopes and, on the coin’s other side, who conjures your nightmares and fears? Join Dr. Travis Langley by brightest day and blackest night as he investigates the best and worst in human nature, both as depicted in fiction and as observed in everyday life. Can psychologists explain or even identify good and evil? What do the concepts of heroism and villainy really mean in the 21st century?