Penn State Beaver faculty members publish books

August 31, 2012

Two Penn State Beaver faculty members have had books published recently.

Kevin Bennett, senior instructor in psychology, is the author of “Jealousy's Design: Maladaptive Trait or Psychological Solution?” published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology, is the author of “Globalization: Prospects and Problems” published by SAGE Publications Inc.

Bennett’s book focuses on previously unexplored dimensions of jealousy by viewing it through the lens of social-evolutionary psychology, including the biological and social origins of jealousy, the psychological and environmental cues that trigger it, and how these cues differ for men and women.

Chirico’s book presents a clear image of the big globalization picture by providing a myriad of globalization topics, debates, theories, and empirical data. Students using this textbook are encouraged to relate their experiences as individuals to globalization processes.

Chirico also wrote “Sociological Research Exercises for the Global Age” published by Sage in 2010.

Bennett has taught at Beaver campus since 2004 and has conducted research in a variety of fields, including adaptive design and function of emotions; romantic and familial relationships; the psychology of teaching, and psychological design. He is the recipient of the 2012 Penn State Beaver Advisory Board/Andrews Industrial Controls, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Teaching.

He holds a master’s degree in evolutionary social psychology with a minor in quantitative psychology from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Chirico joined the campus faculty in 1997. She is the 2010 recipient of the Penn State Multicultural Resource Center’s Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award and the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board/Sky Bank Excellence in Service Award. She also received the Penn State Commonwealth College Service Award and the Penn State University Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Program in the Diversity Speakers Series.

Chirico holds a doctorate in sociology and education and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Bennett can be contacted at or 724-773-3904, and Chirico can be reached at or 724-773-3846.

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Last Updated September 04, 2012