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Maryanne L. Fisher Ph.D.


Maryanne L. Fisher, Ph.D., is a Full Professor and award-winning teacher in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and an Affiliate Faculty member at the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (anticipated 2026) and edited the Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition (2017; Oxford University Press). She was also the lead editor of Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (2013; Oxford University Press). Her research primarily pertains to the intersection of feminism(s) and evolutionary perspectives, as well as women’s intrasexual mating competition, issues surrounding mothering, sex-specific mating strategies, and the application of evolutionary psychology to understand popular culture. She has published over 125 peer-reviewed journal articles primarily related to interpersonal relationships (for more information, see

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