Rebecca Davis is a historian of American marriage, sexuality, and culture at the University of Delaware. 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.
"[T]his book is a must-read for scholars in women’s history and gender studies." -- Norma Basch, Journal of American History
"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
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