Selected Works

Books
Why are Americans so obsessed with marriage?
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
Journal Articles
Journal of American History, 94, no. 4 (March 2008): 1137-1163

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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

Photo by Sabrina Ward Harrison