Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling is Brown University Professor Emerita and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a leading expert in biology and gender development. Using a groundbreaking new approach to understanding gender differences, Dr. Fausto-Sterling is shifting old assumptions about how humans develop particular traits. Dynamic systems theory permits one to understand how cultural difference becomes bodily difference. By applying a dynamic systems approach to the study of human development, her work exposes the flawed premise of the nature versus nurture debate.



Dr. Fausto-Sterling is currently focused on applying dynamic systems theory to the study of human development. Full bio.



Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling is one of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of biology, gender and sexuality. Read more.



Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling has written or contributed many articles in her field. A list is provided for you here. Read more.



Is there evidence—biological, genetic, evolutionary or psychological—to support the persistent notion that differing brain anatomy or physiology causes behavioral differences between the sexes? Read more.

Dynamic Sytems Theory


Why do boys play with trucks while girls favor dolls? Dynamic systems theory may hold the key for unpacking gender behavior differences in early childhood. Read more.



Dr. Fausto-Sterling explores the dynamic development of gender and sexuality and what it means for human behavior in her regular blogs in Psychology Today, Boston Review and The Huffington Post. Read more.

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“The Social Construction of The Body, Feminist Theory & Science”