David Blankenhorn

David BlankhornDavid Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan organization devoted to strengthening families and civil society in the U.S. and the world.

Blankenhorn is the author of Fatherless America (Basic Books, 1995), The Future of Marriage (Encounter Books, 2007), and Thrift: A Cyclopedia (Templeton Foundation Press, 2008). He is the co-editor of eight books, including Franklin’s Thrift: The Lost History of an American Virtue (Templeton Press 2009).

A frequent lecturer, Blankenhorn’s articles have appeared in scores of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Public Interest, First Things, and Christianity Today. He has been profiled by the New York Times, USA Today, CBS Evening News and other news organizations, and has been featured on numerous national television programs, including Oprah, 20/20, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Charlie Rose, ABC Evening News, and C-SPAN’s Washington Perspectives.

In 1977, he graduated magna cum laude in social studies from Harvard, where he was president of Phillips Brooks House, the campus community service center, and the recipient of a John Knox Fellowship. In 1978, he was awarded an M.A. with distinction in comparative social history from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

Matthew Kaal

Matthew KaalMatthew Kaal is a public policy researcher at the Institute for American Values, where he conducts research on the social costs and benefits of casino gambling, as well as providing support for on-going Institute research projects. Prior to joining the Institute he served as the Chief Development Officer for a private highschool in Long Island City, Queens. Kaal graduated from The King’s College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, & Economics. He resides in New York City, but is a native of the great state of Arizona.

Amber Lapp

Amber LappAmber Lapp is co-investigator of the Love and Marriage in Middle America project, a study sponsored by the Institute for American Values on the family formation of young adults in one small town in Ohio. She has also taught high school history, government, and economics at Evangel Christian High School, a private school in New York City. In 2009, Lapp graduated from The King’s College in New York City with a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.

David Lapp

David LappDavid Lapp is a research associate at the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan organization devoted to strengthening families and civil society in the U.S. and the world. Along with his wife, Amber Lapp, he is the co-investigator of the Love and Marriage in Middle America project, a qualitative research project about how working class young adults in one Ohio town form families. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, National Review, and First Things.

Linda Malone-Colón

Linda Malone-ColónLinda Malone-Colón is a clinical and personality psychologist, researcher, consultant, and administrator. She is Chair of the Psychology Department at Hampton University, and the former Executive Director of the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center. Dr. Malone-Colón also designed and teaches a premier course on Black marriages for college students that has been featured at national conferences and in Essence magazine. She is also a noted scholar, national speaker, and consultant and has authored several important publications on African American marriage and families. Dr. Malone-Colón is also a professional development and diversity consultant and presents workshops, management training, and retreats for private industry and state and local government agencies.

In 2009, Dr. Malone-Colón founded the National Center on African American Marriages and Parenting. The Center brings together Black Churches and Black Institutions of Higher Education to help strengthen marriage, parenting and families in African American communities. Additionally, Dr. Malone-Colón is currently engaged in research and scholarship aimed at identifying protective and risk factors for African Americans in developing satisfying and stable marital relationships.

Dr. Malone-Colón has also been a professor at Foothill Community College in California and Dillard University in New Orleans and has taught in Medford and Boston, Massachusetts public schools. She has also conducted clinical assessments and counseling for children in the Child Development Center at Howard University and counseled public school teachers as a Co-Director of professional development program for the State of South Carolina. In addition, she founded and developed the University Counseling Center at Hampton University and was the Executive Director of the Center for eight years. In this capacity she also counseled students, faculty and staff with psychosocial concerns and provided psycho-educational workshops on and off campus.

David Popenoe

David PopenoeDavid Popenoe is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. In a forty-five year career at Rutgers he was chairman of the sociology department and graduate program, social and behavioral sciences dean, and founder and co-director of the university-based National Marriage Project, initiated in 1997. An internationally prominent family scholar, he is the author or editor of ten books including War over the Family (2005), Life Without Father: Compelling New Evidence that Fatherhood and Marriage are Indispensable for the Good of Children and Society (1996), Promises to Keep: Decline and Renewal of Marriage in America (1996), Disturbing the Nest: Family Change and Decline in Modern Societies (1988), and Sociology, an undergraduate textbook published in eleven editions beginning in 1971. He also has written numerous scholarly and popular articles, been widely interviewed by the leading national newspapers and journals, and made frequent appearances on television and radio.

As co-chair of the Council on Families in America, a national, nonpartisan group of scholars and family experts sponsored by the Institute for American Values, he was primary author of the Council’s widely-circulated 1995 report, Marriage in America: A Report to the Nation. Among his many research fellowships and grants are two Fulbright Research Scholarships to Sweden, a nation in which he has conducted extensive research on family and urban development issues. In the 1970s, he was chairman of the board of the American Institute of Family Relations in Los Angeles, the nation’s first family counseling and research organization, founded by his father in 1930. He holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears

Chief Justice Leah Ward SearsChief Justice Leah Ward Sears was the youngest person and first woman to serve as a Superior Court Judge in Fulton County, Georgia, and when appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia by Governor Zell Miller, she became the first woman and youngest person ever to serve on that Court. In retaining her appointed position as a Supreme Court Justice, Chief Justice Sears also became the first woman to win a contested state-wide election in Georgia. In July 2005, she became the first woman to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Chief Justice Sears received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1976 and her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in 1980. She earned a Master’s Degree in appellate judicial process from the University of Virginia in 1994 and has honorary doctor of laws degrees from Morehouse College, John Marshall University, Clark-Atlanta University, LaGrange College and Piedmont College. She is also the recipient of the Emory Medal, Emory University’s highest honor.

In 2009, Chief Justice Sears retired from the Supreme Court of Georgia after 27 years of service in the judiciary. After her retirement, she joined Schiff Hardin, LLC in its Atlanta office as a partner in the Litigation Group, where she currently practices general and appellate litigation, as well as handles corporate compliance issues. In addition to practicing law, Chief Justice Sears is dedicating her first year off the bench to working on issues in family law. She is a visiting professor on contemporary issues in family law at the University of Georgia School of Law for the 2009-2010 academic year, and she also serves as the William Thomas Sears Distinguished Fellow in Family Law at the Institute for American Values.

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead

Barbara Dafoe WhiteheadBarbara Dafoe Whitehead has written widely on marriage, divorce, contemporary courtship and child well-being for such publications as the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

She is the author of The Divorce Culture: Rethinking Our Commitments to Marriage and the Family (1997) and Why There Are No Good Men Left: The Romantic Plight of the New Single Woman. (2003). Her 1993 Atlantic Monthly article, “Dan Quayle Was Right” won an EMMA award from the National Women’s Political Caucus and was featured in the 150-year retrospective, The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly (2007).

A co-director of Rutgers’ National Marriage Project for nine years, Whitehead is the newly named director of the John Templeton Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values. She is the lead researcher and author of For A New Thrift: Confronting the Debt Culture, an Institute for American Values-led report that New York Times columnist David Brooks called “one of the most important think tank reports” of 2008. For the next few years, she will be exploring how families can get out of debt and build assets.

Whitehead grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, the oldest of eight children. She attended public schools, received a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin and attended Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. In May 1968, she and her husband left Columbia and moved to Chicago. She later attended the University of Chicago on a Ford Foundation Fellowship and received an MA and PhD in American history.

W. Bradford Wilcox

W. Bradford WilcoxW. Bradford Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, and a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University.

He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. at Princeton University. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, he held research fellowships at Princeton University, Yale University and the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Wilcox’s research focuses on marriage and cohabitation, and on the ways that gender, religion, and children influence the quality and stability of American family life. He has published articles on marriage, cohabitation, parenting, and fatherhood in The American Sociological Review, Social Forces, The Journal of Marriage and Family and The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His first book, Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands, (Chicago, 2004) examines the ways in which the religious beliefs and practices of American Protestant men influence their approach to parenting, household labor, and marriage. Mr. Wilcox is now researching the effect that gender norms, children, commitment, and religion have on the quality of contemporary American marriages.

Professor Wilcox has received the following two awards from the American Sociological Association Religion Section for his research: the Best Graduate Paper Award and the Best Article Award (with Brian Steensland et al.). His research has also been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, and numerous NPR stations.

Professor Wilcox teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in statistics, family, and religion.

Amy Ziettlow

Amy ZiettlowAmy Ziettlow serves as host for FamilyScholars Conversations and Editor of the FamilyScholars Symposium Series. She is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values in New York City and co-investigator of a three-year study funded by the Lilly Endowment titled Homeward Bound: How We Live When Our Parents Die. For over a decade, she has been actively involved in hospice care, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for The Hospice of Baton Rouge, as well as serving as a chaplain visiting dying patients and their families and coordinating and training hospice volunteers. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Ziettlow has served in congregational ministry in southern Illinois, Baton Rouge, and the New Orleans area.

Amy Ziettlow writes for the Religion, Entertainment, and Health pages for The Huffington Post, The Atlantic on-line, and is a blogger at FamilyScholars.org. She was a contributing author to the book, Voices of Faith from the Midst of the Storm, a collection of clergy writings collected after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. She also serves as Secretary for the Lutheran Social Services of the South Board of Directors and has served as the Southern Conference Clergy Representative on the ELCA’s Central/Southern Illinois Synod’s Task Force on Human Sexuality.

Ziettlow earned a bachelor of arts in letters from the University of Oklahoma, where she danced and toured with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet Company, and a master of divinity at the University of Chicago. She lives in Decatur, IL with her husband and three children.

Guest Bloggers

Stephanie Blessing

Stephanie BlessingStephanie Blessing is a Christian, the wife of a pastor, and the mother of five children. She found out in May 2009, at the age of 32 years old, that she was conceived in 1976 by an anonymous sperm donor via artificial insemination. Like many adults who discover that they were conceived using this method, she suddenly found herself in a crisis moment. She quickly went to the internet in order to find some kind of assistance in helping her to reason through this new situation in her life from a biblical worldview. After searching for several weeks, she found that, aside from some clinical articles, no one was talking about this issue from a God-centered perspective. She has begun writing about her own story in order to share the hope that she has with others at her blog, My Father’s Daughter.

Stephanie has been a mentor to several teenage girls, has volunteered at a pregnancy center in her area, leads the women’s ministry in her church, and is very interested in Biblical apologetics.

Dale Carpenter

Dale CarpenterProfessor Dale Carpenter teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law, at the University of Minnesota Law School. In 2007, he was appointed to the Earl R. Larson Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law. He was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law for 2006-07 and the Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar for 2003-04. Professor Carpenter was chosen the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year for 2003-04 and 2005-06 and was the Tenured Teacher of the Year for 2006-07. Since 2004, he has served as an editor of Constitutional Commentary.

Professor Carpenter received his B.A. degree in history, magna cum laude, from Yale College in 1989. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School in 1992. At the University of Chicago he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Law Review.

He received both the D. Francis Bustin Prize for excellence in legal scholarship and the John M. Olin Foundation Scholarship for Law & Economics.

Professor Carpenter clerked for The Honorable Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1992 to 1993. After his clerkship, he practiced at Vinson & Elkins in Houston and at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco. He is a member of the state bars of Texas and California.

He is a frequent television, radio, and print commentator on constitutional law, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law.

Anna Cook

Anna CookAnna Cook is a queer feminist, librarian, historian, and writer. Her research interests revolve around how human beings create meaning in their lives through relationships and through the stories we tell about the human condition. Specifically, she explores the histories of feminist activism, gender and sexuality, childhood and education, and the intersection of religion and politics. Having been raised liberal-progressive in one of Michigan’s most conservative counties, she has a bone-deep appreciation for the importance of empathic listening and the value of embracing human diversity. She currently lives in the Boston area with her wife, two rescue cats, and over one thousand books.

John Culhane

John CulhaneJohn Culhane is Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law Institute at Widener University School of Law, and a Lecturer at the Yale University School of Public Health. He teaches and writes in the areas of LGBT rights, public health, tort law, and disaster compensation. He is a contributing writer for Slate Magazine, and his work has also been published by The New York Times, Dissent Magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. He writes the column “Law, Unwrapped” for “The New Civil Rights Movement,” and blogs at wordinedgewise.org. With Carrie Stone, he is the author of the forthcoming book, “Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies,” and is working on a book about civil unions (tentatively entitled “Those Civil Union Things.”) He is the editor of, and wrote a chapter for, Reconsidering Law and Policy Debates: A Public Health Perspective (Cambridge 2011), and thirty law review articles. He has spoken throughout the U.S. and abroad on these issues, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including National Public Radio.

In 2011, the National Jurist named him one of “23 Law Professors to Take Before You Die,” and he is the three-time winner of the Outstanding Faculty Award at his law school. He lives in Philadelphia with his partner, David Girasole, and their twin daughters (age seven).

Barry Deutsch

Barry DeutschBarry Deutsch is an award-winning cartoonist, best know for his graphic novel Hereville, about the adventures of an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl who wants to fight monsters. Hereville, which won the Sydney Taylor Book Prize and was nominated for an Eisner Award (among many other awards) was called “the best graphic novel for kids of 2010″ by a School Library Journal reviewer. Barry is also the longtime political cartoonist for Dollars and Sense Magazine, and his political cartoons, which can be read at www.leftycartoons.com, have won the Charles Schulz Award.

Barry founded “Alas, a Blog” in 2002, and has blogged there continuously since, alongside many co-bloggers. “Alas a Blog” is a solidly left-wing blog, with a particular emphasis on feminist and gender issues. Barry is also devoted to the practice of civil debate and disagreement, and considers guest-blogging on Family Scholars Blog an exciting opportunity to engage with people who disagree with him about many of these issues, most especially same-sex marriage.

Barry lives in Portland, Oregon, in a bright blue house with pink trim he co-owns with housemates.

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie GallagherMaggie Gallagher is the Chairman and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, a nationally sydnicated columnist, and the co-author of three books on marriage include The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier Healthier and Better-off Financially (with University of Chciago Prof. Linda J. Waite).

Her next book, Debating Same-Sex Marriage (co-authored with Prof. John Corvino), will be released by Oxford University Press.

Viviana Lucía Aya Gómez Also available in spanish

Viviana Lucía Aya GómezViviana Lucía Aya Gómez graduated in psychology from the University of La Sabana in Chía, Colombia. She received awards as an honor student from the Faculty of Psychology, and for her research on the Quality of Family Life in youth with intellectual disabilities. She is now a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of the Family at the University of La Sabana and is pursuing graduate studies in the family and personal development.

As a visiting scholar, Viviana participated for six months in research at the University of Salamanca in Spain, and for six months at The Beach Center on Families and Disability at the University of Kansas in the United States. She lives now in the city of Bogotá, Colombia.

Viviana has a special interest in the family and individual quality of life, family needs, family supports, children’s education, intellectual disabilities employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, transition to adulthood, marriage and divorce.

Her co-authored publications in English and Spanish include: “The relationship of family support to family outcomes: A synthesis of findings from research” (2012, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities); “Herramientas de Evaluación para Medir el Impacto de Programas de Transición a la Vida Adulta Dirigidos a Jóvenes con Discapacidad Intelectual” (2011, Escuela De Medicina Y Ciencias De La Salud, Documentos De Investigación); “Familia y Dificultades de Aprendizaje desde la Perspectiva de Calidad de Vida” (2011, Educación, Aprendizaje Y Desarrollo En Una Sociedad Multicultural” Madrid: Ediciones Asociación Nacional de Psicología y Educación); “Los dos caminos educativos para el Síndrome de Down” (2007, Psiké Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) and “Family Quality of Life” (In press. Family Quality of Life for the Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability).

In Spanish

Viviana Lucía Aya Gómez es psicóloga egresada de la Universidad de la Sabana en Chía-Colombia. Fue galardonada como estudiante de honor de la Facultad de Psicología, y por su investigación acerca de la Calidad de Vida Familiar en jóvenes con Discapacidad Intelectual. Se desempeña actualmente como una joven docente e investigadora del Instituto de la Familia de la Universidad de la Sabana, y además adelanta estudios de posgrado en temas de familia y desarrollo personal.

Como estudiante visitante, participó por seis meses en actividades de investigación en la Universidad de Salamanca-España, y también en la Universidad de Kansas-Estados Unidos durante otros seis meses. Actualmente vive en la ciudad de Bogotá, Colombia.

Viviana tiene especial interés por los temas relacionados con la calidad de vida familiar e individual, necesidades familiares, apoyos familiares, educación de los hijos, discapacidad intelectual, oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad, transición a la vida adulta, matrimonio y divorcio.

Dentro de sus publicaciones como co-autora en inglés y español se encuentran: “The relationship of family support to family outcomes: A synthesis of findings from research” (2012, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities); “Herramientas de Evaluación para Medir el Impacto de Programas de Transición a la Vida Adulta Dirigidos a Jóvenes con Discapacidad Intelectual” (2011, Escuela De Medicina Y Ciencias De La Salud, Documentos De Investigación); “Familia y Dificultades de Aprendizaje desde la Perspectiva de Calidad de Vida” (2011, Educación, Aprendizaje Y Desarrollo En Una Sociedad Multicultural ” Madrid: Ediciones Asociación Nacional de Psicología y Educación); ” Los dos caminos educativos para el Síndrome de Down” (2007, Psiké Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) y “Family Quality of Life” (In press. Family Quality of Life for the Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability).

Christelyn D. Karazin

Christelyn D. KarazinChristelyn D. Karazin is the founder and organizer of No Wedding, No Womb!™ (NWNW) an online initiative to address and find solutions for the 72 percent out-of-wedlock birthrate in the African American community. Her campaign to rally 100+ bloggers to speak out in tandem went viral (www.noweddingnowomb.com), and the #NWNW Twitter hashtag is one of the highest trending topics of African American interest, with an astounding 100,000 tweets on the launch date, September 22, 2010. NWNW has been covered on NPR, Essence magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, Yahoo! News, MSNBC.com, The Root, Clutch magazine, The Huffington Post, ABCnews.com, the Boston Globe, CNBC.com, The Grio, the Michael Eric Dyson Show, the Associated Press, and many other radio, popular blogs, and online and print publications.

Karazin founded No Wedding No Womb!™ to spark and inspire young people into a cultural reversal of the normalcy of out-of-wedlock procreation in the minority community. This fight for change is also quite personal—her oldest child is a product of an out-of-wedlock situation, and she has seen firsthand the negative effects it has had on her daughter.

Christelyn Denise Karazin is a relationship, health, lifestyle, business and education writer for such high-profile publications as Madame Noire.com, Woman’s Day, Better Homes & Gardens, Ebony/Jet.com, Pregnancy Magazine, Reuters News Service and many more.

Prior to magazine writing, she was a public relations professional who specialized in consumer and legal public relations, and represented such clients as Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jay Gordon in their co-project regarding vaccinations, resulting in a prime placement on Larry King Live Show. Karazin has over ten years experience placing clients in television, radio, online and print publications, and has an uncanny talent for finding timely news angles to give her clients maximum exposure.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Karazin is an active member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and lives in Southern California. She is, most importantly, a mother of four children—three of them biracial—and has been married to her husband, Michael, (who just happens to be white) for nine happy, hectic years.

Ralph Lewis

Ralph LewisRalph is a trader, writer, and stay-at-home Dad with 2 1/2-year old twins he is raising with his partner of seven years. The children were born through gestational surrogacy. He has previously worked in IT as a programmer and technical writer, and as a trader on the floor of the NYSE. He writes about family issues surrounding same-sex parenting, as well as moral and ethical issues involved in egg/sperm donation and surrogacy.

Emily Luschin

Emily LuschinEmily Luschin has worked in the field of marriage and family as an undergraduate research assistant at Brigham Young University, Program Analyst at the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for American Values, contractor for the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, and instructor of community and church marriage and relationship education. She is married to Christoph, and they are the parents of one daughter, Franziska.

Matt N

Matt is a recent Sarah Lawrence graduate and writer, who enjoys lighthearted arguments about economics, feminism, sociology and many other things with anyone and everyone. He currently lives in North California, where he was raised by a loving lesbian couple. While being a polyglot has always been one of his primary life goals, he’s recently added “helping save civil discussion in the United States” to the top of the list, which he hopes to do in part by writing at Family Scholars.

Alana S. Newman

Alana S.Alana S. Newman is riddled with many interests and talents. Her purpose on Family Scholars is to write about the challenges and ethics of commercial conception and third party reproduction, for which she has first hand experience being donor-conceived herself, and also selling her own eggs in her early 20′s. Her main passions include music, writing, and gender relations/social studies. She is the founder of The Anonymous Us Project, the first ever anonymous story-collective for 3rd party reproduction. She is currently in pre-production of a film she co-wrote titled Adam & Eva with Brooklyn’s Michael Galinsky and Rumur Productions. Her vocal driven indie-folk songs have been heard on BBC2, and radio stations around the world, having released an EP titled The Misuse of Chemistry with London’s Chessclub Records in 2011 under her maiden name Alana Stewart. Alana has appeared in Newsweek, Washington Post, Women’s Health and NPR and has been interviewed by journalists around the world, including Brazil, Japan, Spain, Australia, Sweden and more. Alana is a servant to her muse, and also recently co-founded Happy Couple Workout, a fitness and relationship strengthening concept with her husband, Rickard Newman.

Mitch Pearlstein

Mitch Pearlstein is president of Center of the American Experiment, a think tank he founded in Minneapolis in 1990. He has made his career in education, journalism and government, having served on the staffs of University of Minnesota President C. Peter Magrath and Minnesota Governor Albert H. Quie; as an editorial writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and in the U.S. Department of Education, among other assignments. His newest book, recently released by Rowman & Littlefield, is From Family Collapse to America’s Decline: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation. Previous books include The Fatherhood Movement: A Call to Action (with co-editors Wade F. Horn and David Blankenhorn); Close to Home: Celebrations and Critiques of America’s Experiment in Freedom (with Katherine A. Kersten); and Riding into the Sunrise: Al Quie and a Life of Faith, Service & Civility. His doctorate is in educational administration from the University of Minnesota and he is married to the Rev. Diane Darby McGowan, a Minneapolis Police Chaplain and Deacon of an Episcopal Parish in St. Paul. They have four adult children, three grandchildren, and currently only two dogs. They live with the latter, Trevor and Bailey, in Minneapolis.

Andrew Root

Andrew RootAndrew Root, Ph.D. (Princeton Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is the author of The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (Baker Academic, 2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007) and Relationships Unfiltered (Zondervan/YS, 2009).

Fannie Wolfe

Fannie is an attorney and feminist, social justice blogger who has been writing at Fannie’s Room since 2007. During this time, her works has been featured in, or she’s been a guest blogger at, many popular feminist and LGBT-related blogs.

Her primary areas of blogging are feminism, LGBT rights, gender issues, violence, religion, and spirituality. She is delighted and honored to be a guest blogger at FSB and hopes to inspire civil, engaging conversation. Fannie lives in the Midwest with her legally-civil-union’ed partner.