Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College and is the director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary Families. She is the author of seven books, including "A Strange Stirring": The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s (2011); the award-winning Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage (2005), which was cited the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage; and The Way We Never Were (1992, revised and expanded 2016). She is also the editor of American Families: A Multicultural Reader (2008). She is interested in the trade-offs and paradoxes of historical changes in family life, gender relations, and intimate partnerships. Coontz has appeared on numerous television news and talk programs, including "The Colbert Report," "Oprah," "The Today Show," and msnbc's "The Cycle," and frequently offers media training workshops for academics. She also regularly writes op-eds for the New York Times and cnn.

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  • The Changing Landscape of Love, Sex, Singlehood, and Marriage
  • The Way Things Used To Be? The Politics of Nostalgia in Contemporary America *
  • Courting Trouble? An Unadulterated History of Marriage
  • Fifty Years of Feminism: Where Have We Come from since the 1960s? Where Are We Going?
  • Media Training for Academics (a workshop)
  • Unfamiliar Territory: The Worldwide Transformation of Marriage and Family Life

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.