Peter (PK) Jonason, Ph.D.

I originally intended to be a lawyer, but then I took a class with Ross Buck who introduced me to evolutionary psychology. It was then I realized I wanted to pursue a career in research. After I completed my B.A. in Political Science and Communication Sciences (2000) and my M.A. in Communication Sciences at the University of Connecticut (2003), I got my Ph.D. in Psychology at New Mexico State University (2009). In 2014, I won the IgNobel award in psychology for my research into the "dark side" of human nature. In 2015, I served visiting scholar positions at Lomonosov Moscow State University and the University of Western Ontario. In 2016, I became a fellow at the Secular Policy Institute and an Affiliated Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University. In 2018, I served a visiting scholar position at Cardinal Stefan WyszyƄski (Warsaw, Poland) and was the founding president for the Australasian Society for Human Behaviour and Evolution.

By training I am a social-personality psychologist who uses evolutionary theory to derive predictions and account for observable phenomena in (mostly) personality, individual differences, mating strategies, and sexuality (see my GoogleScholar Profile). At heart, I am an inter-disciplinarian; drawing on Psychology, Economics, Biology, Primatology, Anthropology, and Ethology to understand human nature. Concurrently, I collaborate far and wide (see my CV). Feel free to contact me if you are interested in collaboration (pkjonason@gmail.com).