Keynote Presenters

Dr. Justin R. Garcia

Dr. Justin R. Garcia is Ruth Halls Endowed Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Research Director at The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also affiliate faculty with the IU Network Science Institute, Cognitive Science Program, and Fairbanks School of Public Health.

Dr. Garcia holds an MS in biomedical anthropology and PhD in evolutionary biology from Binghamton University, and completed an NIH postdoctoral research fellowship at Indiana University. His research interests focus on the evolutionary foundations of variation in monogamy, intimacy, and sexual behavior, with a particular emphasis on biocultural approaches to sex, gender, dating, and reproductive strategies. He has published on a variety of topics related to romantic and sexual relationships, and is co-author (with Peter Gray) of Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior (Harvard University Press) and co-editor of Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (Oxford University Press).

Dr. Garcia has lent his expertise to a variety of industry partners, including serving as a scientific consultant to K-Y Brand, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and others, and has appeared as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 2010 he has been Scientific Advisor to the world's largest dating company,

Dr. Zoe Peterson

Dr. Zoe Peterson is currently an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences and Director of the Sexual Assault Research and Education Program at University of Missouri-St. Louis. In August 2018, she will join the faculty of Indiana University as an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and an Associate Research Scientist at the Kinsey Institute.

Dr. Peterson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, an Associate Editor of Journal of Sex Research, and President-Elect of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr. Peterson researches sexual consent, sexual assault, sexual coercion, and unwanted sex. She has studied men’s and women’s experiences as both victims and perpetrators of sexual aggression.