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First Name
Last Name
University of Delaware
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American marriage, American religion, 20th century U.S. history, gender, sexuality, LGBTQ, American Jewish history
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About Me

Rebecca L. Davis is a historian of twentieth-century American religion, sexuality, and culture. Her first 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. In 2017 she became a producer and story editor for Sexing History, a podcast.

Recent Publications

More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss (Harvard University Press, 2010)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Politics, Race, Religion, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women