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Associate Professor of Psychology, Center for Evolution and Medicine, Arizona State University

Athena Aktipis is a cooperation theorist who works on the evolution of social behavior and human vulnerability to disease. She is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Cooperation Initiative, an associate professor of psychology and a member of the Center for Evolution and Medicine at Arizona State University. Her work includes the evolution of vulnerability to cancer, pregnancy complications and microbial manipulation. Aktipis is the host of the science podcast Zombified and author of the book ‘The Cheating Cell: How Evolution Helps Us Understand and Treat Cancer.’


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University


  • 2008 
    University of Pennsylvania, PhD/Psychology