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Peter Hatemi

Peter Hatemi

Professor of Political Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry

307 Pond Lab

University Park , PA 16802


Peter Hatemi was trained in political science at the University of Nebraska, and in genetic epidemiology at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). He continued his post-doctoral study in Human Genetics, Psychology, and Psychiatry at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG) in the Medical College of Virginia and remains an active member of both institutes. He is primarily interested in advancing the study of the neurobiological mechanisms of social and political behaviors and utilizing genetics, physiology, endocrinology, and neurology in order to better understand human decision making and preferences in complex and dynamic political environments.

Pete’s recent work on sources of individual differences in political attitudes, fear dispositions, mate selection, addiction, personality, political violence, and religion has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Behavior Genetics, Demography, Evolution and Human Behavior, Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, Science, and Social Forces among other venues. His recent book, co-edited with Rose McDermott, Man is by Nature a Political Animal at the University of Chicago Press, offers a comprehensive volume that includes applications of evolution, genetics, primatology, neuroscience, and physiology, to understand political preferences.