Kay Hymowitz

Kay Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Contributing Editor to the City Journal. She has written extensively in publications like City Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and numerous Internet outlets about education, children, marriage and family, in particular its relationship to poverty and inequality. She is the author of four books, including Marriage and Caste in America and, most recently, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys. She also serves on the board of the journals The Future of Children and National Affairs. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Jason S. Carroll

Jason S. Carroll, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Carroll is a nationally-recognized researcher and educator in the areas of healthy sexuality, marriage readiness among young adults, the effectiveness of marriage education, and modern threats to marriage (such as pornography, delayed age at marriage, materialism, and premarital sexuality). Dr. Carroll’s work has been featured in the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News, the Washington Post, Psychology Today Magazine, National Public Radio, Focus on the Family, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and other popular media and news outlets.

Dr. Carroll has authored over 50 scientific articles and book chapters and has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. His work has appeared in leading scientific journals such as the Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of American College Health, and the Journal of Adolescent Research. Dr. Carroll is currently a Senior Fellow of the RELATE Institute and a Faculty Fellow of the National Marriage Project. He recently served as a visiting scholar and research advisor for a national media campaign on healthy marriage targeting young adults being conducted by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). In 2003, Dr. Carroll was commissioned by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to help write a guiding report for the National Healthy Marriage Initiative entitled: A Comprehensive Framework for Marriage Education.

Dr. Carroll is the lead instructor of the popular Preparation for Marriage (“Marriage Prep”) course at Brigham Young University – a course that services over 1,500 students a year. Dr. Carroll has been married for 20 years and he and his wife, Stefani, are the blessed parents of five children.

W. Bradford Wilcox

Brad 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.

Brad Wilcox’s research focuses on marriage, parenthood, and cohabitation, especially on the ways that marriage, gender, and culture influence the quality and stability of family life in the United States and around the globe. He is the coauthor of Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives (Columbia, 2013, with Kathleen Kovner Kline), Whither the Child?: Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility (Paradigm, 2013, with Eric Kaufmann), and the author of Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands (Chicago, 2004). Wilcox 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. Wilcox is now writing a book with Nicholas Wolfinger titled, Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Children, & Marriage among African Americans and Latinos (Oxford 2013).

Kelleen Kaye

Kelleen Kaye is the Senior Director of Research at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private, non-profit initiative organized in 1996 that focuses on preventing both teen pregnancy and unintended pregnancy among young adults. Before joining the National Campaign, she spent 12 years as senior analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, where she developed and oversaw studies on a wide variety of issues related to family formation, poverty and public assistance. She also has worked for the National Opinion Research Center, the New America Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. She has served on several advisory committees including the Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics and the Interagency Working Group for the National Survey of Family Growth. She has received the Vice President’s Hammer Award for her work on the Fatherhood Initiative and the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for data analyses related to Hurricane Katrina. Kaye received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

Guest Blogger

Barbara E. Ray

Barbara Ray is coauthor, with Richard Settersten, of Not Quite Adults: Why Twenty-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood and Why It’s Good for Everyone. She writes widely on the issues facing young adults today, as well as on social policy broadly. She is founding partner, with Sarah Jackson, of Hiredpen.Digital, a firm that tailors social media’s power to research organizations’ needs.