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John Marshall Townsend

Professor, Anthropology

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Contact Information
jmtsu44@aol.com

525 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-4851
Curriculum Vitae
John Townsend

Degree

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Specialties

Psychological and medical anthropology, human sexuality, cross-cultural mental health, ethnic relations, symbolic interaction, United States, Germany

Personal Website

http://faculty.maxwell.syr.edu/jmtowsen/

Biography

John Marshall Townsend is Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University. His research interests include human sexuality, sexual attraction, dating and courtship, marriage and divorce, culture and mental illness, and evolutionary psychology. He has published numerous articles and books, including What Women Want-What Men Want (Oxford University Press). His current research focuses on casual sexual encounters. Townsend has appeared on national television and numerous radio talk shows and his work has been profiled in magazines and newspapers. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Newhouse Center for the Study of Popular Television, and the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program. He sits on the editorial board of Archives of Sexual Behavior. Townsend received his BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Publications

"Attractiveness: Perception and Behavior", CQ: the CAPA Quarterly--Journal of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW (2): 6-9, 2012.

"Sexual Hookups among College Students: Sex Differences in Emotional Reactions" (with Timothy H. Wasserman),  Archives of Sexual Behavior 40:1173-1181, 2011.

"Sex, Sex Differences, and the New Polygyny",  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28 (3):  295-296, 2005.  Invited commentary on:  "Sociosexuality from Argentina to Zimbabwe:  A 48-nation study of sex, culture, and strategies of human mating", by David P Schmitt.

What Women Want--What Men Want:  Why the Sexes Still See Love and Commitment So Differently.  Oxford University Press, l998.

"Sexual Attractiveness:  Sex Differences in Assessment and Criteria" (with Timothy H. Wasserman),  Evolution and Human Behavior 19: 171-191, l998.

"Sex Without Emotional Involvement", Archives of Sexual Behavior 24: 171-204, 1995.

 "Racial, Ethnic, and Mental Illness Stereotypes: Cognitive Process and Behavioral Effects."  In Mental Health, Racism, and Sexism, Charles V. Willie (Ed.).  Baltimore: University of Pittsburgh Press, l995, pp. 119-147.

"Hospitalization and First-Contact Mental Patients: Stigma and Changes in Self-Concept" (with Jaak Rakfeldt),  Research in Community and Mental Health 5:  269-301, l985.