Helen Fisher
Biography & Resources

 
 

Helen Fisher, Ph.D., of Rutgers University, is one of the most prominent anthropologists in the United States. Author of four books and numerous articles in both respected scientific journals and popular magazines, Dr. Fisher's perspective on love, sexuality, women, and gender differences is featured in major news outlets such as Time magazine, National Public Radio, NBC, the BBC, and CNN. As a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, Fisher focuses on the role of biology in human love and sexuality.

Fisher's current book, entitled Why We Love (Henry Holt, 2004), discusses her research on the brain physiology of romantic love. In 1999 her book, The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World (Random House, 1999), received the New York Times Book Review "Notable Book" award, and discusses gender differences in the brain and behavior and the impact of women on twenty-first century business, sex, and family life. It is published in ten languages. Her other books include Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery and Divorce (W.W. Norton, 1992) with eighteen foreign language editions, and The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behaviour (William Morrow, 1982). Fisher was the host of a four-part television series based on her book, Anatomy of Love, which aired under the same title on Turner Broadcasting Systems in 1995. Her publications include articles in the Journal of NIH Research, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Human Nature, Psychology Today, Natural History, New Woman, and The Sciences: Journal of The New York Academy of Sciences.

Fisher received her Ph.D. in physical anthropology at the University of Colorado with a dissertation on the evolution of human female sexuality and the origin of the nuclear family. She has been on the national lecture circuit since 1983. Her lectures include speeches at the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution, University of Michigan, Cornell University, the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, and Fortune magazine, as well as academic and business conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe. For her work in communicating anthropology to the lay public, she received the American Anthropological Association's "Distinguished Service Award" in 1985.

selected books

Why We Love
(Henry Holt, 2004)
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The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They are Changing the World
(Random House, 1999)
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Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery and Divorce
(W.W. Norton, 1992)
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The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behaviour
(William Morrow, 1982)
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selected articles

"The First Sex"
An interview with Dr. Fisher by David Gergen, Online NewsHour on PBS.org (8/16/1999)
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/gergen/july-dec99/fisher_8-16.html

other related websites

http://www.helenfisher.com/

http://anthro.rutgers.edu/faculty/fisher.shtml

articles & interviews

Broadcasts on WIE Unbound

All About Eve

Articles & interviews in What Is Enlightenment? magazine

Women Who Sleep with Their Gurus ... and Why They Love It
(with Jessica Roemischer)