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Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is the Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-04. She is the author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (new edition, 2000, Basic Books), The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families, (Basic Books, 1997), and The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families. She also edited American Families: A Multicultural Reader (Routledge, 1999), and has contributed to numerous anthologies and journals. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, German, and Japanese.

Coontz has testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, DC, and addressed audiences across America, Japan and Europe. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Harper's, Vogue, LIFE, Time-LIFE Books, and Mirabella, well as in such academic journals as the Chronicle of Higher Education, National Forum, and the Journal of Marriage and the Family. She has also appeared on Oprah Winfrey, Crossfire, NPR, CNN's Talk Back Live, CBS This Morning, Leeza, and MSNBC with Brian Williams, as well as in several prime-time television documentaries, including ones hosted by Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters.

A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Coontz has also taught at Kobe University in Japan and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In 2004, she received the Council on Contemporary Families first-ever "Visionary Leadership" Award. In 1995 she received the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her "outstanding contributions to the field of child development." She also received the 2001-02 "Friend of the Family" award from the Illinois Council on Family Relations.

Coontz is currently completing a book on the history of marriage, to be published by Viking-Penguin in May 2005.

For a list of recent speaking engagements, see Curriculum Vita (pdf).

Coontz is available for lectures and other speaking engagements through the Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau: or visit Professional organizations can reach her directly at: