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 interpretation in Public Seminar of the Obergefell decision
How marriage, heterosexuality, and religion continue to shape the legal landscape
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