Zombie Research Society (ZRS) was founded in 2007 as an organization dedicated to the historic, cultural and scientific study of the living dead. The organization has grown to include hundreds of thousands of active members across the world.

Our team of experts currently consists of a number of prominent authors, artists and academics committed to the real-life research of zombies and the undead, as well as a core group of volunteers who handle the daily management of ZRS.



Matt Mogk

Founder & Head

Matt Mogk is the head of ZRS and author of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies. He is a cast member of AMC’s Talking Dead, the live after-show of The Walking Dead , and has appeared as a zombie expert on various television networks, including Nat Geo, History Channel, and SPIKE.


Luke W. Boyd

Editor in Chief

As a film student Luke Boyd worked on a number of award-winning shorts and commercials, before moving on to produce and direct radio plays for the stage in San Francisco, California. His love of film and popular culture eventually led him to create Zombie-Thon, an annual zombie movie marathon and website.


Dave Marks

Editor & Senior Writer

Dave Marks is a published writer, musician and graphic illustrator. For more than 25 years he has hosted Zombie Night in his native Canada, a viewing party celebrating the worst zombie movies ever made. Dave joined the ZRS team after running his own successful zombie blog for many years.


George A. Romero

Legendary Zombie Filmmaker

George Romero is unquestionably the biggest name in zombie culture, having practically created the genre with his 1968 classic film Night of the Living Dead. His credits include some of the most popular and widely recognized movies in the history of horror.

Steven Schlozman, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Dr. Steven Schlozman is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry for Harvard Medical School. His first novel, The Zombie Autopsies , follows an elite medical team as they investigate the science and biology of zombies in the face of a global undead plague.


Cameron Carlson

United States Navy

Cameron Carlson is an active duty officer in the United States Navy. He has conducted counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, researched disaster relief effectiveness around the world, and is an expert in outdoor survival. Cameron currently lives in Monterey, California while attending the Naval Postgraduate School.

Tara C. Smith, Ph.D.

Kent State University College of Public Health

Tara C. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Kent State University College of Public Health. As an infectious disease epidemiologist, her research focuses on zoonotic infections and emerging diseases, particularly those which originate in animals.

Daniel W. Drezner, Ph.D.

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has authored Theories of International Politics and Zombies, a nonfiction work that studies the possible effects a zombie apocalypse could have on different systems of government.

Bradley Voytek, Ph.D.

University of California, San Diego

Bradley Voytek is a neuroscientist at UC San Diego studying the role of neural oscillations in communicating brain networks. His mutual love of zombies and brains has lead him to formalize the theoretical neuroanatomy of the zombie brain.

Peter Cummings, M.D.

Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office

Dr. Cummings is Director of Forensic Neuropathology at the Boston office of the Massachusetts Medical Examiner. He is also the author of The Neuropathology Of Zombies , a novel that depicts autopsies carried out on zombies in hopes of uncovering the shocking truth behind of the zombification process.

Scott Kenemore

Bestselling Author

Author Scott Kenemore has penned several bestselling zombie books including The Zen of Zombie, The Art of Zombie Warfare and Zombie, Illinois. His most recent novel Fallujah Heart is a compelling new tale of mystery and combat in occupied Iraq.

Timothy Verstynen, Ph.D.

Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

Dr. Verstynen is a neuroscientist at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh, specializing in human brain imaging and neural network modeling.  His interest in theoretical neuroscience, and fascination with zombie behavior, has driven him to explore the hypothetical architecture of the undead brain.

Brendan Riley, Ph.D.

Columbia College, Chicago

A longtime zombie enthusiast, Brendan Riley teaches and writes about popular culture and new media as an Assistant Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago.  His course, Zombies in Popular Media, explores the history and theory of zombies across multiple media.

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