Ethics & Public Policy Center

Mary Eberstadt

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.

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