Director of Research and Public Education, Council on Contemporary Families
Topics of Expertise:
History & Trends on Gender, Marriage & Family Life / Marriage & Divorce / Work & Family
Stephanie Coontz is Director of Research and Public Education of the Council on Contemporary Families and a member of the CCF Board. She teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She wrote The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (revised edition, Basic Books, 2016), A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s (Basic Books, 2011), Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage (Viking, 2005), 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 is a frequent guest columnist for the New York Times.