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Justin R. Garcia
Director of Education & Research Training;
Assistant Research Scientist
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
Assistant Professor
Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, IU Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI
Affiliate Faculty
Human Biology Program, Indiana University
Cognitive Science Program, Indiana University
Morrison Hall 313
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-7686
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Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, Binghamton University (SUNY), 2011
M.S., Biomedical Anthropology, Binghamton University (SUNY), 2009
Research Interests
  • Evolutionary and biocultural models of human behavior
  • Intersections of biology and gender
  • Gender/Sexual attitudes
  • Romantic love and intimate relationships
  • Close relationships and health
  • Social/Sexual monogamy
  • Single life in America
  • Uncommitted sex and hook-up culture in emerging adulthood


Peter B. Gray & Justin R. Garcia. (2013). Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Maryanne L. Fisher, Justin R. Garcia, and Rosemarie Sokol Chang (Editors). (2013). Evolutionís Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women. New York: Oxford University Press.
Selected Articles
P Sheppard, JR Garcia, & R Sear. (2014). A not-so-grim tale: How childhood family structure influences reproductive and risk-taking outcomes in a historical U.S. population. PLoS ONE, 9(3), e89539.
SG Massey, AM Merriwether, & JR Garcia. (2013). Modern prejudice and same-sex parenting: Shifting judgments in positive and negative parenting situations. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 9(2), 129-151.
PB Gray & JR Garcia. (2012). Aging and human sexual behavior: Biocultural perspectives. Gerontology, 58(5), 446-452.
JR Garcia, C Reiber, SG Massey, & AM Merriwether. (2012). Sexual hookup culture: A review. Review of General Psychology, 16(2), 161-176.
ML Fisher, K Worth, JR Garcia, & T Meredith. (2012). Feelings of regret following uncommitted sexual encounters in Canadian university students. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14(1), 45-57.
JR Garcia, J MacKillop, EL Aller, AM Merriwether, DS Wilson, & JK Lum. (2010). Associations between dopamine D4 receptor gene variation with both infidelity and sexual promiscuity. PLoS ONE, 5(11), e14162.
BC Campbell, A Dreber, CL Apicella, DTA Eisenberg, PB Gray, AC Little, JR Garcia, RS Zamore, & JK Lum. (2010). Testosterone exposure, dopaminergic reward, and sensation-seeking in young men. Physiology & Behavior, 99(4), 451-456.
LL Heywood, JR Garcia, & DS Wilson. (2010). Mind the gap: Appropriate evolutionary perspectives toward the integration of the sciences and humanities. Science & Education, 19(4-5), 505-522.
DTA Eisenberg, CL Apicella, BC Campbell, A Dreber, JR Garcia, & JK Lum. (2010). Assortative human pair-bonding for partner ancestry and allelic variation of the dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) gene. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 5(2-3), 194-202.
C Reiber & JR Garcia. (2010). Hooking up: Gender differences, evolution, and pluralistic ignorance. Evolutionary Psychology, 8(3), 390-404.

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