Inaugural Symposium

Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University

W. Bradford Wilcox to Speak on Virtue and Campus Life

W. Bradford Wilcox

W. 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.

Wilcox focuses on marriage, parenthood, and cohabitation, and on the ways that gender, religion, and children influence the quality and stability of American marriages and family life. From the American Sociological Association Religion Section he received the Best Graduate Paper Award and the Best Article Award. His research has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, NBC's "The Today Show," and on NPR. He also writes regularly for publications like The Wall Street Journal.

Wilcox's publications on marriage, cohabitation, parenting, and fatherhood have appeared 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. With Nicholas Wolfinger, Wilcox is now writing a book titled, Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Children, & Marriage among African Americans and Latinos, for Oxford University Press. With Eric Kaufmann, Wilcox is finishing a book on the causes and consequences of low fertility in the West.

Related Links

> "Why the Ring Matters," New York Times, Dec. 20, 2010

> "The Generation Gap That Can't Move On Up," Wall Street Journal, Sept. 2, 2010

> "Daddy Was Only a Donor," Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2010

> University Libraries research guide to resources related to inaugural year programs and speakers