Rebecca Davis is a historian of twentieth-century American culture, religion, sexuality, and politics. Her book, MORE PERFECT UNIONS: THE AMERICAN SEARCH FOR MARITAL BLISS, explores the history of marriage counseling in the United States -- and helps explain both why Americans remain so uniquely obsessed with the pursuit of marital perfection and what that preoccupation means for the culture as a whole. She has a special interest in American religious history and often teaches courses on immigration, race, and ethnicity.
Read Rebecca's Notches blog post with Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather White
"Believe It: Finding Religion in the History of U.S. Sexuality," notchesblog.com
Watch Rebecca discuss Religion, Marriage, and Sexual Counterrevolutions
A lecture given at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis, May 9, 2014
Winner of the 2011-2012 LGBT Religious History Award from the LGBT Religious Archives Network
For the article "'My Homosexuality is Getting Worse Every Day': Norman Vincent Peale, Psychiatry, and the Liberal Protestant Response to Same-Sex Desires in Mid-Twentieth-Century America"
Read Invited Responses to "'My Homosexuality is Getting Worse Every Day': Norman Vincent Peale, Psychiatry, and the Liberal Protestant Response to Same-Sex Desires in Mid-Twentieth-Century America"
Forum presented by the University of Chicago Divinity School
More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss
"There could hardly be a more opportune time to have at hand Rebecca Davis's smart, thoughtful, and meticulously-researched new book of social history." -- Bella DePaulo, Living Single blog, PsychologyToday.com
Listen to Rebecca discuss MORE PERFECT UNIONS on "Late Night Live" with Phillip Adams, ABC Radio National, Australia