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Benenson, Joyce F., Maxwell M. White, Delfina Martinez Pandiani, Lindsay J. Hillyer, Sera Kantor, Henry Markovits, and Richard W. Wrangham (2018). "Competition Elicits more Physical Affiliation between Male than Female Friends." Scientific Reports 8, no. 1: 8380.


Peer-reviewed scientific article based on my Harvard undergraduate thesis. The paper is one of the first to study human reconciliation from a primatological understanding, focused on the mechanisms by which allies respond to competing against one another. The purpose of the study was to examine whether, like many other social species, humans utilize physical contact and close proximity following a competition between friends, and if so, whether one sex is more likely to exhibit these behaviors. The results suggest that in the face of competing self-interests, physical contact and close proximity facilitate repair of males’ more than females’ valuable relationships. See publication.

Martinez Pandiani, Delfina (2015). "¡Ayúdame!: Latina Immigrants, Intimate-Partner Violence, and Barriers to Help-Seeking." American PublicHealth Association


Presented at the Public Health Policy and Health in All Policies Poster Session of the American Public
Health Association 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition. Chicago, IL. November 2015. See publication.

Martinez Pandiani, Delfina (2015). "Ineffective Family Cap Policies: The Misdiagnosis and Contributor to Women’s Poverty." Harvard Health Policy Review.


The article presents a thorough analysis of various aspects of current family cap policies — including their disputed effectiveness, their implications on minority populations, its potential echoes to previous eugenics forces, and its differential encroachment of self-determination along class lines. See article.


Below are the titles of some of the academic writings I have done. If you are interested in reading them, get in touch.

science and human evolution

Receptor Promiscuity: Unveiling the Molecular Evolution of Steroid Hormone-Receptor Diversity

Forgettable Self-Projection: A Potential Link Between Human Differential Memorability and Anthropomorphism

From Complex Guts to Pruned Brains: The Importance of Microglia

The Evolution of Childhood

Color and Size: Racism, the Cardiovascular System, and Low Birth Weight Outcomes

The Brain and Estrogen: Modulated or Modulating

Your Brain on Estrogen: Beyond Genetics

Keys to Success? Homo sapiens’ Derived Life History Patterns
Science and Media: "“Will Climate Change Make Men Extinct?”

Social Policing through Blackmailing & Opportunistic Gossiping

Where Would We Be Without Climate Change? Perhaps, We Wouldn’t Be

Malleable Brains: Broadening Our Conceptions of Childrearing and Love

religion​, psychology, philosophy

Surface Tension: Racial Melancholia and Consciousness in W.E.B. Du Bois’ Work

You Owe Yourself Each Moment: Nietzsche’s Epicurean Affirmation of the Present

God Kills Us Because He Loves Us: Post-Lapsarian Human Mortality as a Redeeming Mechanism

“Times of Trial”: The Tactical Use of the Test Symbol in American Public Discourse

A Presidential Belief System: Sources and Transgressions in light of Mr. Trump

“Shared” Values: Yoga, the Personal and the Disciplinary

The Depth Within: Patacara, Suzuki and Nirvana

Śāntideva’s Exchange of the Self and Other

Queering the Patriarchal: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality

The Emergence of the Abstract: Self, Time, Existence. Steps to the Religious Delusion

Rastafari’s Africa: a Creationist Evolution of Man


Orchestration, Power and Artistic Control: Matisse’s Carmelina

Drying the Damp: Autoeroticism in Degas’ Woman Drying Herself

Carcasses of Youth and Beauty: Klimt and Rodin on the Destiny of Death

Let Me Into Your Orbit: Physics and the Dancer-Audience Relationship in Contact Improvisation

Beautiful Beacon:The Aesthetic Sense as a Fruitful Guide in Scientific Inquiry

Lorde’s Zami: Reclaiming Eroticism through the Patois Tongue

“Upon my knees”: Religious Submission and Eroticism in Carmilla

El Destino Ético: El Deseo Íntimo Consumado

La Creación Artística Como Copia y Apropiación

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