Martin Daly (professor)

Martin Daly is a Professor of Psychology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and author of many influential papers on evolutionary psychology. His current research topics include an evolutionary perspective on risk-taking and interpersonal violence, especially male-male conflict and family violence. He and his wife, the late Margo Wilson, were the former editors-in-chief of the journal Evolution and Human Behavior and former presidents of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.

Martin Daly
James Martin Daly

(1944-11-15)November 15, 1944
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materMcGill University, University of Toronto
Spouse(s)Margo Wilson (deceased)
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society of Canada, lifetime achievement award from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
Scientific career
FieldsEvolutionary psychology
InstitutionsMcMaster University
ThesisBehavioural development, early experiences, and maternal behaviour in golden hamsters (mesocricetus auratus) (1971)
Doctoral advisorJerry A. Hogan

He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998.[1]

Daly is one of the main researchers of the Cinderella effect, and has been interviewed in the press about it.[2][3]


(All books except Killing the Competition co-authored with Margo Wilson)

  • Sex, Evolution, and Behaviour (1978)
  • Homicide (1988)
  • The truth about Cinderella: A Darwinian view of parental love. (1998)
  • Killing the Competition: Economic Inequality and Homicide (2016)


  1. Martin Daly Archived 2014-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Mindelle Jacobs (July 4, 2010) The Cinderella effect is not just a fairy tale, Edmonton Sun
  3. Belluz, Julia (16 October 2009). "Researcher shed light on evolutionary roots of homicide, jealousy and domestic violence". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2 November 2014.

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