Amy Parish is a biological anthropologist, primatologist, and Darwinian feminist who has taught at University of Southern California in the gender studies, arts and letters,anthropology, and preventive medicine programs and departments since 1999. She received her undergraduate training at University of Michigan and her graduate school education at University of California-Davis and taught at University College, London. She conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Giessen in Germany on the topic of reciprocity.
Dr. Parish has been studying the world’s captive population of bonobos for the last twenty years. She also has a project on female mate choice decisions in human females. In all of her research, Dr. Parish uses an evolutionary approach to shed light on the origins of human behavior. In 2008, she received a Mellon Award for excellence in faculty mentoring of undergraduate students.
Dr. Parish is a co-founder of WorldWideVisionaries.org, an online forum for young people to develop and exchange ideas about working on social justice and environmental causes. The website will launch in late July, 2011. Other activities include a position on the board of Up the River Endeavors, which is devoted to addressing sustainable development, global peace and social justice. Her work has been featured in Ms. magazine and she has appeared on Nova, National Geographic Explorer, NPR, and Discovery Health Channel productions.