David M. Buss received his PhD in 1981 from the University of California at Berkeley, and then accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Harvard University. In 1985, Buss moved to the University of Michigan as Associate Professor. In 1991 he was promoted to Professor at Michigan. In 1996, Buss accepted a position at the University of Texas at Austin as Professor. David Buss received the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in 1988; the APA G. Stanley Hall Award in 1990; and the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Award in 2001.
His books include The Evolution of Desire: strategies of human mating (Basic Books, 1994), which has been translated into 10 languages; Evolutionary Psychology: the new science of the mind (Allyn & Bacon, 1999), which won the Robert W. Hamilton Book Award in 2000; and The Dangerous Passion: why jealousy is as necessary as love and sex (Free Press, 2000). Buss has more than 150 scientific publications to his name. He has extensive cross-cultural research collaborations and lectures widely within the United States and abroad.