Paul Eastwick

Paul Eastwick

Assistant Professor

HDFS Faculty
Office: SEA 2.446


Office: 512-471-3141



Research Interests

Paul Eastwick’s research investigates how people initiate romantic relationships and the psychological mechanisms that help romantic partners to remain committed and attached. One of his research programs examines how the qualities that people say are critically important to them in a romantic partner—their ideal partner preferences—direct romantic partner selection and retention. Additionally, his work draws from anthropological data on the time course of human evolution to make novel psychological predictions. He has also explored (a) the intersection of race and romantic attraction and (b) how online dating differs from traditional ways that people meet and evaluate romantic partners.

Selected Publications

Eastwick, P. W. & Hunt, L. L. (2014). Relational mate value: Consensus and uniqueness in romantic evaluations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 728-751.

Eastwick, P. W., Luchies, L. B., Finkel, E. J, & Hunt, L. L. (2014) The predictive validity of ideal partner preferences: A review and meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 623-665.

Eastwick, P. W. & Finkel, E. J. (2012). The evolutionary armistice: Attachment bonds moderate the function of ovulatory cycle adaptations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 174-184.

Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J., & Eagly, A. H. (2011). When and why do ideal partner preferences affect the process of initiating and maintaining romantic relationships? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 1012-1032.

Eastwick, P. W. (2009). Beyond the Pleistocene: Using phylogeny and constraint to inform the evolutionary psychology of human mating. Psychological Bulletin, 135, 794-821.

Current Grants

A Phylogenetic Evolutionary Psychological Approach to Human Mating (2012-2014), National Science Foundation (1147828). PI: Paul Eastwick.