Jason Colavito is an author and editor based upstate NY. He was born in Auburn, NY in 1981 and grew up in Central New York, amidst the strange landscapes Rod Serling used as inspiration for the Twilight Zone. He is internationally recognized by scholars, literary theorists, and scientists for his pioneering work exploring the connections between history, science, and pop culture. His investigations examine the way human beings create and employ the supernatural to alter and understand our reality and our world.
He has published several critically acclaimed books, including The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture (Prometheus Books, 2005) and The Mound Builder Myth (Oklahoma University Press, 2020). His articles have appeared in The New Republic, Slate, and many other publications.
Colavito's Cult of Aliens Gods was adapted for television by the Discovery Networks and broadcast internationally on their channels. Colavito's research on extraterrestrials and H. P. Lovecraft was also featured on the History Channel in 2009, and he has provided research assistance and consulted on such programs for NatGeo, the History Channel, and others. Colavito has also worked as a consultant for major museums, both public and private.
Having trained as a broadcaster, Colavito gives exceptional podcast interviews. His blog has had 100,000 monthly readers and his social media posts regularly reach 10,000-30,000 impressions. His work has received notice in news pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, The Atlantic, and in books and dissertations and scholarly articles. Colavito's ideas have shaped how people think about history, science, and pop culture.
Colavito holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where he majored in both anthropology and journalism. A summa cum laude graduate, Colavito was recognized as the Distinguished Graduate in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and he was made the Jessica Savitch Communications Scholar for his work in journalism.