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Jon Maner is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and mentor, and an internationally recognized leader in the science of motivation. His research examines ways in which fundamental social motives influence social and physiological processes in a range of different areas, including social hierarchy, social affiliation, and close relationships. His work resides at the interface of social psychology and evolutionary biology.

Jon has published more than 130 scholarly articles and chapters in top journals, such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Evolution and Human Behavior, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has been an Associate Editor at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

He has been awarded more than $1 million in federal grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Discovery News, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, CNN, and dozens of other major media outlets. 

Jon received his doctoral degree in social psychology from Arizona State University in 2003.