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Dr. Justin Garcia is an evolutionary biologist and sex researcher. He trained under Dr. David Sloan Wilson and conducted a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellowship under former Kinsey Institute Director Dr. Julia Heiman. His research focuses on the evolutionary and biocultural foundations of romantic and sexual relationships across the life course.
A specialist in interdisciplinary collaboration, Garcia’s research draws from and cuts across multiple fields of study. This approach aids his lab's exploration of the relationship context of sexuality and the meaning, expression, and impact of romantic and sexual attitudes and behaviors.
Garcia has a dual faculty appointment with the Kinsey Institute and Indiana University's Department of Gender Studies. He is also adjunct faculty with Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI and holds affiliate faculty appointments with the IU Network Science Institute, as well as the Cognitive Science and Human Biology programs at Indiana University Bloomington.
Garcia serves as Scientific Advisor to Match.com. In this role, Garcia lends his expertise to Singles in America (SIA), the online dating company's annual study on the attitudes and behaviors of single people in the United States.
Gray, P. B., Garcia, J. R., (2013). Evolution and human sexual behavior. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Fisher, M., Garcia, J. R., Chang, R. S. (2013). Evolution's empress: Darwinian perspectives on the nature of women. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Gesselman, A.N., Webster, G.D., Garcia, J.R. (In Press). Has virginity lost its virtue? Relationship stigma associated with being a sexually inexperienced adult. Journal of Sex Research
Garcia, J.R., Heywood, L.L. (In Press). Moving toward integrative feminist evolutionary behavioral sciences. Feminism Psychology,
Frederick, D.A., Lever, J., Gillespie, B.J., Garcia, J.R. (In Press). What keeps passion alive? Profiles of sexually satisfied versus dissatisfied men and women in a national sample. Journal of Sex Research,
Fales, M.R., Frederick, D.A., Garcia, J.R., Gildersleeve, K.A., Haselton, M.G., Fisher, H.E. (2016). Mating markets and bargaining hands: Mate preferences for attractiveness and resources in two national U.S. studies. Personality and Individual Differences, 88, 78-87.
Garcia, J.R., Escasa-Dorne, M., Gesselman, A.N., Gray, P.B. (2015). Individual differences in women’s salivary testosterone and estradiol following sexual activity in a non-laboratory setting. International Journal of Sexual Health, 27(4), 406-417.
Jankowiak, W.R., Volsche, S.L., Garcia, J.R. (2015). Is the romantic-sexual kiss a near human universal? American Anthropologist, 117(3), 535-539.
Garcia, J.R., Seibold-Simpson, S.M., Massey, S.G., Merriwether, A.M. (2015). Casual sex: Integrating social, behavioral, and sexual health research. In J. DeLamater R.F. Plante (Eds.), Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities, (pp. 203-222). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
Garcia, J.R., Fisher, H.E. (2015). Why we hook up: Searching for sex or looking for love? In S. Tarrant (Ed.), Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century, (pp. 238-250). New York: Routledge.
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