Barbara Dafoe Whitehead

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead has written widely on marriage, family and child well-being for such publications as the Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post. She is the author of The Divorce Culture: Rethinking Our Commitment to Marriage and the Family (Knopf, 1997) and Why There Are No Good Men Left: The Romantic Plight of the New Single Woman (Broadway, 2003).

Her influential 1993 Atlantic Monthly article, Dan Quayle Was Right, won an EMMA award from the National Women's Political Caucus and was reprinted in the 150-year retrospective, The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly.

A co-director of Rutgers' National Marriage Project for nine years, Whitehead serves as the Director of Civil Society Studies at the Institute for American Values. She is the lead writer for Center's inaugural publication, For A New Thrift, and a co-author of Franklin's Thrift: The Lost History of An American Virtue.

Whitehead earned a BA in European history from the University of Wisconsin and an MA and Ph.D. in American social history from the University of Chicago. She is married to Ralph Whitehead and has three grown children.

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