Alan Fiske

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Alan Page Fiske
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg American
Fields Anthropology
Institutions University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Making Up Society: Four Models for Constructing Social Relations Among the Moose of Burkina Faso (1985)
Known for Social relationship theories

Alan Page Fiske is an American professor of anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles known for studying the nature of human relationships and cross-cultural variations between them.[1]

Fiske earned a bachelor's degree (Cum Laude) in Social Relations from Harvard College in 1968. He went on to earn a masters in 1973 and a Ph.D. in 1985, both from the University of Chicago, focusing on cross-cultural problems and human development.[2] Between earning degrees, Fiske worked as a director and consultant to the Peace Corps in Bangladesh and Upper Volta, and as consultant to USAID for the Central African Republic.[2]

He served in various professorship capacities at the University of Pennsylvania, UCSD, Swarthmore College, and Bryn Mawr College, before settling into a full professorship at UCLA beginning in 2002. There he is former director of the Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture, and of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development.[2] His areas of research interest include psychological anthropology, social relationships, and theories of violence.[3]


  • Structures of Social Life: The Four Elementary Forms of Human Relations (1991). New York: Free Press (Macmillan).
  • A.P. Fiske & N. Haslam 1996. Social Cognition Is Thinking About Relationships. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 5:143-148.
  • A.P. Fiske & N. Haslam 1997. Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder of Pathology of the Human Disposition to Perform Socially Meaningful Rituals? Evidence of Similar Content. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 185:211-222.
  • A.P. Fiske, S. Kitayama, H. Markus, & D. Nisbett 1997. The Cultural Matrix of Social Psychology. In Handbook of Social Psychology, 4th Ed. Gilber, S. Fiske, & G. Lindzey, Eds. pp. 915–981. New York: McGraw Hill.
  • Complementarity Theory: Why Human Social Capacities Evolved to Require Cultural Complements (2000). Personality and Social Psychology Review, 4:76-94.
  • M. Iacoboni, M. D. Lieberman, B. J. Knowlton, I. Molnar-Szakacs, M. Moritz, J. Throop, & A. P. Fiske 2004. Watching Social Interactions Produces Dorsomedial Prefrontal and Medial Parietal BOLD fMRI Signal Increases Compared to a Resting Baseline. NeuroImage 21:1167–1173.
  • Four Modes of Constituting Relationships: Consubstantial Assimilation; Space, Magnitude, Time and Force; Concrete Procedures; Abstract Symbolism (2004) In N. Haslam, Ed., Relational Models Theory: A Contemporary Overview. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Tage Rai & A. P. Fiske 2011. Moral Psychology as Regulating Relationships: Moral Motives for Unity, Hierarchy, Equality, and Proportionality in Social-Relational Cognition. Psychological Review 118:57–75. DOI: 10.1037/a0021867
  • Daniel Nettle, Karthik Panchanathan, Tage Rai, & A. P. Fiske 2011. The Evolution of Giving, Sharing, and Lotteries. Current Anthropology 52:747–756.
  • Metarelational Models: Configurations of Social Relationships (2011). European Journal of Social Psychology 42:2–18. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.847.


  1. ^ Human Sociality, Alan Fiske
  2. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae, Alan Fiske, Social Sciences division of UCLA
  3. ^ Faculty page for Alan Fiske, UCLA