Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Francis T. McAndrew

  • Paul B. Harris
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_191-1


Teacher, scholar, and essayist in evolutionary psychology.


Francis “Frank” T. McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College, a small private liberal arts college located in Galesburg, Illinois. In academic circles, McAndrew is probably best known for his popular 1990s textbook Environmental Psychology (McAndrew 1993) and for his more recent research exploring the psychology of gossip (McAndrew et al. 2007; McAndrew 2014, 2016, 2017). In the public arena, he may be best known for his numerous print, radio, and television interviews discussing the evolution of social behavior and for his Psychology Today Magazine blog “Out of the Ooze: Navigating the 21st Century with a Stone-Age Mind” (www.psychologytoday.com/blog/out-the-ooze).

McAndrew was born in Augsburg, Germany, in 1953 where his father was stationed with the US Army; the family moved back to The USA before his first birthday. Along with two brothers and two sisters, young Frank...

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  1. McAndrew, F. T. (1993). Environmental psychology. Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole.Google Scholar
  2. McAndrew, F. T. (2014). The “sword of a woman:” gossip and female aggression. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19, 196–199.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. McAndrew, F. T. (2016). Workplace gossip. In R. Griffin (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies in management. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  4. McAndrew, F. T. (2017). How “the gossip” became a woman and how “gossip” became her weapon of choice. In M. L. Fisher (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of women and competition (pp. 191–205). New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  5. McAndrew, F. T., Bell, E. K., & Garcia, C. M. (2007). Who do we tell, and whom do we tell on? Gossip as a strategy for status enhancement. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, 1562–1577.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rollins CollegeWinter ParkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tara DeLecce
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA