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Maryanne L. Fisher

Full Professor, Psychology, Saint Mary’s University

Maryanne L. Fisher, PhD is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, and an Affiliated Faculty member at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. She is an award winning teacher, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles mostly pertaining to women and evolutionary psychology. She edited the Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition (2017, Oxford University Press), and was lead editor on Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (2013, Oxford University Press). Her current primary areas of investigation are women’s intrasexual competition for mates, mothering, women’s cooperative alliances, and interpersonal relationships in general.


  • 2014–present
    Full Professor, Saint Mary's University


  • 2004 
    York University, PhD
  • 1999 
    McMaster University, MSc
  • 1997 
    York University, BA (summa cum laude)

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Human Ethology
  • Human Behavior and Evolution Society
  • North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society


Fellow of the North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (2019), Canada 150 Community Leadership and Citizenship Award (2017), Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teacher Award (2016), Canada Progress Club Women of Excellent Award (2014)