Mary Eberstadt

Mary Eberstadt

Senior Fellow


EPPC Senior Fellow Mary Eberstadt explores issues relating to American society, culture, religion, and philosophy. She is the author of several influential books including How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization (2013); Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution (2012); the fiction The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism (2010); and Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes (2005). She is also editor of a 2007 anthology, Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle their Political Journeys

Mrs. Eberstadt has written for many magazines and newspapers, including TIME, TIMEIdeas, National ReviewPolicy ReviewThe Weekly StandardCommentary, the Wall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesThe Washington Post, The TimesFirst ThingsThe Claremont Review of Books, and the American Spectator. Her essays of particular note include “Eminem is Right,” “Is Food the New Sex?,” “Christianity Lite,” “What Does Woman Want?,” “My Irving Kristol and Ours,” and “Why Ritalin Rules.”

In addition to her written work, she is also Founder and President of The Kirkpatrick Society, a literary and mentoring organization for women writers.

Mrs. Eberstadt was a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution from 2002 to 2013. Between 1990 and 1998, Mrs. Eberstadt was executive editor of the National Interest magazine. From 1985 to 1987, she was a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department, a speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and a special assistant to Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She was also managing editor at the Public Interest. A four-year Telluride Scholar at Cornell University, Eberstadt graduated magna cum laude in 1983. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Seton Hall University on May 19, 2014; her remarks at that day’s commencement exercises are available here and were also published in Remembering Who We Are: A Treasury of Conservative Commencement Addresses.



Jailhouse Feminism

Published in National Review - March 9, 2015 issue on February 19, 2015


The Truth About Religion and Animals

Published in TIME Ideas on December 14, 2014


The Indelible Lessons of Auschwitz

Published in Time on October 9, 2014


The Puritans Among Us

Published in National Review on April 21, 2014

Progressivism’s War on Winners

Published in National Review on March 10, 2014

Why Ritalin Still Rules

Published in National Review Online on December 17, 2013

He’s No Secular Saint: The Trojan Pope

Published in Time Magazine on December 3, 2013

A Catholic for All Seasons

Published in National Review on October 14, 2013

The Pope Is No Radical

Published in Time Magazine on October 7, 2013

God and Family in the West

Published in National Review Online on May 30, 2013

Faith and Family

Published in National Review Online on May 20, 2013

New Shepherd, Same Wandering Flock

Published in Time Magazine on March 14, 2013

Voice of America

Published in The Weekly Standard on November 12, 2012