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Between Two Worlds

THE INNER LIVES of CHILDREN
OF DIVORCE

By ELIZABETH MARQUARDT

About Elizabeth Marquardt

Elizabeth Marquardt is editor of FamilyScholars.org, where she also blogs. She is vice president for family studies and director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values in New York City. In spring 2013, she will be a lecturer in American Studies at Lake Forest College.

As an author and study investigator, Elizabeth Marquardt’s questions are animated by a deep curiosity about the family, bodies, bonding, and probing the voices of those not usually heard. She is author of Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce (Crown, 2005). Based on the first nationally-representative study of grown children of divorce in the U.S., she argues that while an amicable divorce is better than a bitter one, even amicable divorces shape the inner lives of children. She is co-investigator of the ground-breaking studies My Daddy’s Name is Donor: A New Study of Young Adults Conceived Via Sperm Donation and Hooking Up, Hanging Out, and Hoping for Mr. Right: College Women on Dating and Mating Today. Her most recent report is One Parent or Five? A Global Look at Today’s New Intentional Families. She is currently co-investigating a project on Gen X caregiving and grieving with Institute affiliate scholar Amy Ziettlow.

Marquardt has appeared often on news programs including NBC’s Today show, CNN, ABC, FOX, CBS, and PBS and scores of radio programs including BBC World News and national and local NPR stations. She has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate, Huffington Post, The Atlantic online, and elsewhere. Her peer-reviewed single authored and co-authored chapters appear in Social Science Research, John Marshall Law Review, and Sociology of Religion, and in forthcoming volumes from New York University Press and Paradigm Press.

Marquardt holds a Master’s in Divinity and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in history and women’s studies from Wake Forest University. A frequent presenter to academic and professional groups in the U.S. and internationally, she is married to Lake Forest College politics professor Jim Marquardt, with two children.