Rebecca L. Davis

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca L. Davis is an Associate Professor of History, with a joint appointment in Women and Gender Studies, at the University of Delaware (on leave 2016-2017). She worked on her first book as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CSR during the 2006-2007 academic year. That book, More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss (Harvard, 2010) explores how clergy, social workers, mental health professionals, and others created and shaped a new profession of marriage counseling; how religious and scientific experts collaborated to encourage marital success; and how marriage grew in importance to American religious groups as a result. She is the author of several articles about the intersections of religion and sexuality, including “‘My Homosexuality is Getting Worse Every Day’: Norman Vincent Peale, Psychiatry, and the Liberal Protestant Response to Same-Sex Desires in Mid-Twentieth Century America,” in American Christianities: A History of Dominance and Diversity, edited by Catherine Brekus and W. Clark Gilpin (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), a winner of the 2012 LGBT Religious History Award. She is currently writing a new book about religious conversion and ideas of self-transformation in the postwar United States, and editing a book about the history of heterosexuality in North America. She is delighted to be back at the CSR this year.