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He has a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University, and is a tenured associate professor at University of New Mexico. He has over 110 academic publications (cited over 14,000 times) addressing sexual selection, mate choice, signaling theory, fitness indicators, consumer behavior, marketing, intelligence, creativity, language, art, music, humor, emotions, personality, psychopathology, and behavior genetics.
He has also given 200 talks in 15 countries, reviewed papers for over 50 journals, and also worked at NYU Stern Business School, UCLA, and the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.
His research has been featured in Nature, Science, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New Scientist, and The Economist, on NPR and BBC radio, and in documentaries on CNN, PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and BBC. He has consulted for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, governments, NGOs, advertising agencies, market research companies, and social media companies.
He is active in public outreach. His Twitter account @primalpoly has about 70k followers. He has appeared on ‘Waking Up’ with Sam Harris, ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ with Joe Rogan, ‘The Rubin Report’ with Dave Rubin, and many podcasts. He also writes for Quillette, and is active in the movements for academic free speech, viewpoint diversity, and Effective Altruism.
Academic website is here
CV is here