William T. Divale (USA)

Professor Emeritus

York College, CUNY

William T. Divale, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at York College of The City University of New York. He is past president of The Society for Cross-Cultural Research and former publisher of World Cultures: Journal of Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research. Dr. Divale has conducted fieldwork in the Canary Islands and the former Soviet republic of Moldova in Eastern Europe. His earlier work was in the cross-cultural study of warfare, population control, and matrilocal social structure. Other significant publications concern the development of sign language among hunter-gather societies, and the evolution of counting systems in relation to food storage. As a doctoral student at SUNY Buffalo he met Dr. Rohner and became interested in IPARTheory. Since then he has collected IPAR data on parental acceptance/rejection in Colombia concerning homosexuality, in the U.S. concerning the high achievement of women, IPAR and the amount of physical punishment, and in Moldova on the effects of father absence. He is currently collecting data on IPAR and fear of intimacy in the U.S. and Moldova. Dr. Divale received the C.S. Ford Medal for Cross-Cultural Research in 1973 and 1975, and he received the CUNY Michael Ribaudo Information Technology Award in 2007 and 2009.


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