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Sari van Anders, PhD Biography

Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

“The science of whether sexual orientation is biological is pretty sparse and full of disparate, mixed and unreplicated findings. So that is one reason why there is a lot of confusion about it. Because a study will come out that says ‘This gene!’ And then another study will say ‘Oh, we didn’t find that same gene, but we found this gene…’

There’s sort of this idea that…if someone’s gay they’re gay in the exact same way. Everything is the same, so it would be the same biological origin, which denies the reality that people experience sexualities and live their sexualities very diversely. Stripping that diversity away for the sake of scientific simplification ends up providing what you might arguably call impoverished science.”

Alia E. Dastagir, “‘Born This Way’? It’s Way More Complicated Than That,”, June 15, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, 2014-present
  • Director, Feminist Science Studies Program at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan
  • Faculty Member, Biosocial Methods Collaborative, 2013-present
  • Faculty Member, Science, Technology, and Society Program, 2012-present
  • Faculty Member, Reproductive Science Program, 2009-present
  • Faculty Member, Program in Neuroscience, University of Michigan, 2008-present
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, 2008-2014
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, 2007-2008
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington, 2007-2008
  • Affiliate, Gender Studies, Neuroscience, Center for Integrative Studies in Animal Behavior, Indiana University Bloomington, 2007-2008
  • PhD, Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Simon Fraser University, 2007
  • MA, Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Western Ontario, 2003
  • BA, Scholars’ Electives & Psychology, University of Western Ontario, 2001
  • Twitter handle: @SarivanAnders