Diana Fleischman

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Diana Fleischman
Diana Fleischman on Rebel Wisdom.jpg
Fleischman interviewed on Rebel Wisdom in 2019
Born (1981-04-22) April 22, 1981 (age 42)
Occupation(s)Psychologist, lecturer
SpouseGeoffrey Miller (2019–present)
Academic background
EducationOglethorpe University
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
Academic advisorsDavid Buss
Academic work

Diana Santos Fleischman (born April 22, 1981) is an American evolutionary psychologist. Her field of research includes the study of disgust, human sexuality, and hormones and behaviour.[1] She is also involved in the effective altruism, animal welfare, and feminism[2] movements.

Personal life and education[edit]

Fleischman was born in São Paulo, Brazil and raised both Jewish and Catholic.[2][3] Her father's family is of German-Jewish descent.[4] She grew up in the Southern United States and was not taught about evolution in the public school system there. She was passionate about evolution from an early age, earning the nickname "monkey girl" from classmates at age 12.[3] Her undergraduate degree is from Oglethorpe University[1][5] and she also spent a year at the London School of Economics as an undergraduate. She was awarded her PhD in 2009 from the University of Texas at Austin, where her advisor was David Buss, and went on to do a postdoc at UNC Chapel Hill.[1][5]

Fleischman is a member of Giving What We Can, a community of people who have pledged to donate 10% of their income to the world's most effective charitable organisations.[6]

Fleischman (right) with Geoffrey Miller in 2019

On November 29, 2019, she married fellow American evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller.[7][8] The couple had earlier appeared together in an interview advocating for polyamory.[9] They have one child together, born in spring 2022.[10][11]


Since her postdoc at UNC Chapel Hill,[1][5] Fleischman has been a lecturer in the department of psychology at the University of Portsmouth from 2011 to 2020; she is currently on sabbatical.[12] One of her more covered findings in the press is that disgust inhibits sexual arousal in women.[13][14] In addition to academic publications and lectures, she also gives public lectures and writes articles for the layperson.[15][16][17] She argues that eating beef is more ethical than eating chicken because it kills fewer animals per gram of meat.[18]

In August 2020, she started a blog at Psychology Today called How to Train Your Boyfriend, the same title of a book she is writing.[19]

Frequently cited publications[edit]

  • Confer, Jaime C.; Easton, Judith A.; Fleischman, Diana S.; Goetz, Cari D.; Lewis, David M. G.; Perilloux, Carin; Buss, David M. (2010). "Evolutionary psychology: Controversies, questions, prospects, and limitations". American Psychologist. 65 (2): 110–126. CiteSeerX doi:10.1037/a0018413. ISSN 1935-990X. PMID 20141266.
  • Fleischman, D. S. & Fessler, D. M (Jan 2011). "Progesterone's effects on the psychology of disease avoidance: Support for the compensatory behavioral prophylaxis hypothesis". Hormones and Behavior. 59 (2): 271–275. doi:10.1016/j.yhbeh.2010.11.014. ISSN 0018-506X. PMID 21134378. S2CID 27607102.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Fleischman, Diana S.; Navarrete, C. David; Fessler, Daniel M.T. (2010-04-22). "Oral Contraceptives Suppress Ovarian Hormone Production". Psychological Science. 21 (5): 750–752. doi:10.1177/0956797610368062. ISSN 0956-7976. PMID 20483856. S2CID 9523224.
  • Fleischman, Diana Santos (2014), Women's Disgust Adaptations, Evolutionary Psychology, Springer New York, pp. 277–296, doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-0314-6_15, ISBN 9781493903139


  1. ^ a b c d "Staff: Dr Diana Fleischman - University of Portsmouth". www2.port.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2020-10-10. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  2. ^ a b "Diana S. Fleischman - Psychology's Feminist Voices". www.feministvoices.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  3. ^ a b "25th October – Diana Fleischman – The evolution of human morality". The Hampshire Skeptics Society. 2018-09-28. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  4. ^ Woodhouse, Jamie (2021-03-05). ""We can't understand humans without recognising that we're animals" - Dr. Diana Fleischman - New Sentientist Conversation". Sentientism. Retrieved 2023-04-30.
  5. ^ a b c "Diane S Fleischman Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Members". Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  7. ^ @primalpoly (November 29, 2019). "Getting married today to @sentientist" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Zola Registry". www.zola.com. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  9. ^ "The Polyamorous Professors, Diana Fleischman & Geoffrey Miller". Rebel Wisdom. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Geoffrey @primalpoly and I had a baby! - Vivian Grace is 6 weeks old". Twitter. Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  11. ^ "Aversion to pets during pregnancy". ManyPets. Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  12. ^ Fleischman, Diana Santos. "Home - Diana S. Fleischman". Archived from the original on 2021-02-22. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  13. ^ University of Portsmouth. "Disgust dampens women's sexual arousal more than fear". ScienceDaily. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  14. ^ Dolan, Eric (2017-12-13). "Sexual arousal in women doesn't overcome disgust, study finds". PsyPost. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  15. ^ Fleischman, Diana. "Media". www.dianafleischman.com. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  16. ^ Fleischman, Diana (2018-05-17). "Universal morality is obscured by evolved morality – The Evolution Institute". evolution-institute.org. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  17. ^ Fleichman, Diana (2018-02-15), The Darwin Day Lecture 2018: The evolution of human morality, retrieved 2018-10-21
  18. ^ Humphreys, Joe. "A new way of thinking about animal welfare". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  19. ^ Fleischman, Diana. "How to Train Your Boyfriend". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2020-08-30.

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