Coontz, Stephanie

Stephanie Coontz

is Director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families. A Professor Emeria at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, she has authored seven books on marriage and family life, including A Strange Stirring: ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and American Women at the Down of the 1960s, The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (revised and expanded edition, 2016), and Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage, which was cited in the US Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. She also edited American Families: A Multicultural Reader.

Coontz has been a frequent guest columnist for the New York Times and also written numerous articles for, the Observer/Guardian, The Times of London, and the Washington Post, as well as for academic journals.

She has testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, DC, and appeared on The Colbert Report, MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” The Today Show, PBS News Hour, Oprah Winfrey, Crossfire, 20/20, CBS This Morning, CSPAN, and the O-Reilly Factor, along with numerous NPR shows. Selected articles and tv appearances can be found at She lectures on topics connected to family, gender, marriage, and social inequality throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and often conducts media training workshops for researchers at universities around the country.

A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Coontz has also taught at Kobe University in Japan and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In 2013 she received the Work-Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute. She has also been awarded the Council on Contemporary Families first-ever (and only) “Visionary Leadership” Award and the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her “outstanding contributions to the field of child development.”

She served as a marriage consultant to The Ladies Home Journal from 2006-2009 and consulted with the Pew Research Center in developing their questionnaire for their 2010 report on the state of marriage and family life in America. She currently serves as an advisor to MTV for its anti-bias campaign.

Coontz lives just south of Olympia, Washington, where her husband raises grass-fed beef and lamb and she forages for wild mushrooms or digs clams when she is not traveling or working on her research.