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Histories of Sexuality, Religion, and American Culture

“Purity and Population: American Jews, Marriage, and Sexuality”

In Devotions and Desires: Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the Twentieth Century United States, edited by Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather White, 54-70. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018.

More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss

Harvard University Press, 2010.

An astute, engaging, and disturbing history.
--Jill Lepore (New Yorker)

This book is a must-read for scholars in women’s history and gender studies.
--Norma Basch (Journal of American History)

A deeply researched and readable work... Many more insights await the reader in this gem of a study, rich with detail culled from case histories, personal letters and many other archival sources.
--Nancy L. Roberts (Catholic News Service)

More Perfect Unions is...a useful, and usefully provocative, book. It should find a durable life in the discourse of marriage and gender studies.
--Jim Cullen (History News Network )

“‘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"

In American Christianities: A History of Dominance and Diversity, edited by Catherine Brekus and W. Clark Gilpin, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.


A survey of how scholars have interpreted the religious meanings of the American family
In The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America, edited by Philip Goff, 2010

"Eroticized Wives: Evangelical Marriage Guides and God’s Plan for the Christian Family"

In The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity, edited by Margaret Kamitsuka. 165-179. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010.

"'Not Marriage at All, but Simple Harlotry': The Companionate Marriage Controversy"

Journal of American History, 94, no. 4 (March 2008): 1137-1163