Glenn Geher is Professor of Psychology as well as Founding Director of Evolutionary Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Glenn has taught several courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels – including Statistics, Social Psychology, and Evolutionary Psychology – and has won the New Paltz Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, along with Chancellor’s Awards for both Teaching and Research Excellence from the State University of New York. Glenn also won an award for Outstanding Academic Advising from NACADA, the global organization for outstanding advising. First and foremost, Glenn is a teacher, and his primary goal is to educate and support his students and work to facilitate their success as they develop across their careers.
Glenn’s research generally focuses on how Darwin’s big idea can shed light on issues of human behavior, specifically, and on the human experience, more broadly. In addition to hundreds of posts on his Psychology Today blog, Darwin’s Subterranean World, along with dozens of students, Glenn has published over 100 scholarly articles, book chapters, and books. Glenn’s books include:
Glenn has appeared in such media venues as BBC World Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, Al Jazeera English, HuffPo Live, WAMC/NPR, NPR Wisconsin, AM 770 Calgary, and more. His work has appeared in such print and digital media as Scientific American Mind, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Nature, New York Times, Times Higher Education, London Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic as well as Yahoo News, Elle, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Men’s Health.
Glenn is credited as having played a central role (along with Alice Andrews, Mike Camargo, Rose Chang, Gordon Gallup, Heather Mangione, Sarah Strout, and David Sloan Wilson (among others)) in the launching of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) in 2007. NEEPS is affiliated with the only APA journal that is dedicated to the evolution and behavior interface, Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.
Glenn also played a founding role in organizing the Heterodox Psychology Workshop/Conferences held in 2018 and 2020 in Orange, CA. This initiative is designed to advance open inquiry in the behavioral sciences. Glenn sits on the organizing board for the group and has given several invited presentations and workshops at these events. He has also brought more than a dozen graduate and advanced undergraduate students to participate in these events.
In his effort to better integrate evolution into the behavioral sciences, Glenn has collaborated with David Sloan Wilson (and several other folks at Binghamton) to (a) develop SUNY New Paltz’s vibrant evolutionary studies program and (b) to expand evolutionary studies across the world of higher education. Toward this end, along with Jen Waldo of New Paltz, Glenn and David recieved a large National Science Foundation grant that made for great advances in the expansion of evolutionary studies in the USA and beyond.
Glenn also directs the New Paltz Evolutionary Psychology lab, which includes lots of students (both undergraduates and graduate students). In his words, “these students are awesome!”
Glenn has many hobbies, including hiking, running, weightlifting, cooking, tennis, racquetball, basketball, roller hockey, ice hockey, football, fishing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, caving, swimming, travel, camping, and working on his blog posts. He’s also lead guitar player for the Hudson Valley’s only all-professor punk rock band: Questionable Authorities.
His two young-adult kids, Megan and Andrew, are, in his words: totally awesome.