Dr. Justin Garcia is an evolutionary biologist and sex researcher. He trained under Dr. David Sloan Wilson (SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology, Binghamton University) and then conducted a National Institutes of Health T32 postdoctoral research fellowship under former Kinsey Institute Director Dr. Julia Heiman (Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences & Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Indiana University). His research program focuses on the evolutionary and biocultural foundations of romantic and sexual relationships across the life course.
Garcia and colleagues have conducted research on a variety of topics related to social and sexual behaviors and intimate relationships, including variation in monogamy, intimacy, gender, courtship, dating, desire, satisfaction, and reproductive strategies. 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, including the meaning, expression, and impact of romantic and sexual attitudes and behaviors.
Professor Garcia has a dual faculty appointment with the Kinsey Institute and Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also Co-Chair of the Interdepartmental Graduate Committee on Human Sexuality, which directs the PhD minor in Human Sexuality. In addition, he is adjunct faculty with the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and holds affiliate faculty appointments with the IU Network Science Institute and the Cognitive Science program at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he is also a Research Fellow with the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention in the School of Public Health – Bloomington.
Since 2010, Garcia serves as Scientific Advisor to Match.com. In this role, Garcia provides 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.
Garcia has appeared in a wide variety of news outlets and documentaries, including CNN, MSNBC, HBO, "The Dr. Oz Show," Netflix and National Geographic, and his research and expertise have been featured in venues such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair.
Dr. Garcia has served as the Executive Director of the Kinsey Institute since 2019.
Gray, P. B., Garcia, J. R., (2013). Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Fisher, M.L., Garcia, J. R., Chang, R. S. (2013). Evolution's Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Garcia, J.R., Gesselman, A.N., Massey, S.G., Seibold-Simpson, S.M., & Merriwether, A.M. (2018). Intimacy through casual sex: Relational context of sexual activity and affectionate behaviors. Journal of Relationships Research, 9, e12, 1-10.
Fisher, H.E. & Garcia, J.R. (2018). Slow Love: Courtship in the digital age. In R.J. Sternberg & K. Sternberg (Eds.), The New Psychology of Love (2nd edition). Cambridge University Press.
Frederick, D.A., Lever, J., Gillespie, B.J., & Garcia, J.R. (2017). What keeps passion alive? Sexual satisfaction is associated with sexual communication, mood setting, sexual variety, oral sex, orgasm, and sex frequency in a national U.S. study. Journal of Sex Research, 54(2), 186-201.
Ta, V.P., Gesselman, A.N., Perry, B.L., Fisher, H.E., & Garcia, J.R. (2017). Stress of singlehood: Marital status, domain-specific stress, and anxiety in a national U.S. sample. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 36(6), 461-485.
Garcia, J.R., Gesselman, A.N., Siliman, S.A., Perry, B.L., Coe, K., & Fisher, H.E. (2016). Sexting among singles in the U.S.A.: Prevalence of sending, receiving, and sharing sexual messages and images. Sexual Health, 13(5), 428-435.
Gray, P.B., Franco, C., Garcia, J.R., Gesselman, A.N., & Fisher, H.E. (2016). Romantic dating attitudes and behaviors among single parents in the U.S. Personal Relationships, 23(3), 491-504.
Garcia, J.R., Heywood, L.L. (2016). Moving toward integrative feminist evolutionary behavioral sciences. Feminism & Psychology, 26(3), 327-334.
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.
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.
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