Peter B. Gray

Professor, Anthropology
Expertise: Evolution and Fatherhood, Evolution of Human Sexuality, Human-Animal Interactions

Biography

Peter Gray's research interests broadly span the evolution of human reproductive behavior, comparative primate behavior and behavioral and reproductive endocrinology.

Gray has authored articles and book chapters on topics including male testosterone and social behavior, age-related changes in physiology and behavior, evolution and variation in fathering, links between sexuality and parenting, body image, and human-pet relationships. Several of these recent publications -- such as on dating and sexual activity of single parents, and the role of pet dogs and cats in human dating and courtship -- have attracted wider media attention.

He is the co-author of Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior (Harvard University Press, 2013), a comprehensive, one-volume survey of the evolutionary science of human sexual behavior and why sexuality has remained a core fascination of human beings throughout time and across cultures. He is the co-author of Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior (Harvard University Press, 2010), a book that integrates evolutionary, comparative, cross-cultural, and neuroendrocrine aspects of fatherhood, with attention given to the impacts of fatherhood on men's physiology, sexuality, and health, among other areas. He has also co-edited Endocrinology of Social Relationships (Harvard University Press, 2009), a volume that considers evolutionary, comparative, and endocrine aspects of pair bonding, parent-child and other relationships.

Education

  • B.A., Geography/Environmental Studies, UCLA

  • B.A., Anthropology, UCLA
  • A.M., Biological Anthropology, Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, Harvard University

Peter B. Gray In The News

Divany
June 13, 2019
Researchers at the University of Nevada (UNLV) have embarked on our hair removal habits: they have been studying how hair removal is developing from the 1890s onwards in about 200 different societies.
Newswise
June 5, 2019
As beachgoers scramble to trim their nether regions ahead of swim season, new UNLV research shows they aren't alone in their ambitions for a bare bikini line.
Aurus
June 5, 2019
As beach goers scramble to cut the lower regions of the front to swim season, new research from UNLV shows they are not alone in their ambitions by a simple bikini line.
Phys.org
June 4, 2019
As beachgoers scramble to trim their nether regions ahead of swim season, new UNLV research shows they aren't alone in their ambitions for a bare bikini line.

Articles Featuring Peter B. Gray

silhouette of woman holding razor against blue background
ResearchJune 4, 2019
New UNLV study lays bare cultural reasons around the globe for bikini waxing and man-scaping.
Portrait of Peter Gray, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Campus NewsFebruary 16, 2018
First of its kind study looked at UNLV’s 8-Bit team as it readies for Mountain West Showdown against Boise State University.
Peter Gray and his dog Puppers
ResearchNovember 24, 2015
UNLV-led anthropology study finds dog owners more attractive to potential mates.
Students walking by the law school
Campus NewsApril 8, 2013
UNLV makes the news this month with new research, award-winning students and top academic experts.