The Kinsey Institute has the vision to be the premier research institute on human sexuality and relationships. Their mission is to foster and promote a greater understanding of human sexuality and relationships through research, outreach, education, and historical preservation
History of the institute
On April 8, 1947, Dr. Alfred Kinsey and his research team incorporated as the Institute for Sex Research. ISR had two primary goals: to continue the team’s research on human sexual behaviour; and to administer research resources, including research materials, a library, case histories, and other related materials.
In 1981, 25 years after Dr. Kinsey’s death, the Institute for Sex Research was renamed The Kinsey Institute for Sex Research.
Making new discoveries
Today, just as in 1947, research at the Kinsey Institute seeks to illuminate the most intimate and formative aspects of our lives.
Developments in fields ranging from neuroscience and psychology to biology and gender studies inform questions asked by the institute’s scientists.