Selected Works

Why are Americans so obsessed with marriage?
Journal Articles
Journal of American History, 94, no. 4 (March 2008): 1137-1163
Book Chapters
In The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America, edited by Philip Goff
In The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity, edited by Margaret Kamitsuka


Rebecca L. Davis is an associate professor of history and of women and gender studies at the University of Delaware, where she is Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Program in Jewish Studies. A scholar of marriage, sexuality, and religion in American culture, she also teaches courses in immigration and ethnicity in the United States. Davis received her Ph.D. in American history from Yale University, where she won the George Washington Egleston Historical Prize for the Dissertation. Her research has received support from Princeton University's Center for the Study of Religion, where she was a postdoctoral fellow, and from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities from the Council on Library and Information Resources, and numerous other libraries and research institutions. She is a recipient of the 2011-2012 LGBT Religious History Award from the LGBT Religious Archives Network. Davis lives in Swarthmore, PA.

Readers may contact her at rldavis@​

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