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Pepper Schwartz

Pepper Schwartz, PhD is a professor of sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds a BA and an MA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and an MA and PhD in sociology from Yale University.

Dr. Schwartz has received many awards, including the Matrix Award for Achievement in Education, The Mortar Board Award for Outstanding Performance in her field, the AKD Honor Society National Distinguished Lectureship, and the International Women's Forum Award in Career Achievement in Washington State. In August 2005, she was given a national award from the American Sociological Association for Public Understanding of Sociology. She is the author of over 50 scholarly articles and 14 academic and trade publications. These include the best-selling The Great Sex Weekend and American Couples: Monday Work and Sex, as well as The Lifetime Love and Sex Quiz Book, Everything You Know About Love and Sex Is Wrong, Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Their Children About Sex and Character with Dominic Cappello, and 201 Questions to Ask Your Kids / 201 Questions to Ask Your Parents (Avon/Morrow). Her latest book Finding Your Perfect Match, was released in February 2006, and she is currently working on a sociology of sexuality text for Roxbury Press.

Dr. Schwartz wrote the monthly column "Sex and Health" for Glamour magazine, with coauthor Dr. Janet Lever, for more than 7 years, and “Talking About Sex” for 8 years for American Baby magazine. She also wrote a weekly column called "Sex.Net with Dr. Pepper" for Microsoft Corporation's One Click Away and columns for and She is currently a relationship expert on the founding team of, a dating and relationship site, and is the creator of their professionally vetted matching system, Duet.

Dr. Schwartz has contributed to many magazines, journals, and newspapers, including the New York Times "Parent and Child" column, Sexual Health, Psychology Today, Self, and Contexts. Dr. Schwartz was a regular member of the KIRO-TV (Seattle) news staff for 12 years and appears regularly on national TV news, documentaries, and other programs. She has served as a consultant to many national organizations and editorial boards. She is currently on the publications board of the American Sociological Review (the flagship journal of the American Sociological Association) and Context, the American Sociological Association's journal that translates academic work to a more general public. She is on the ASA national committee on the Status of Women, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Sexuality Resource Center. She has served on the selection committee for the Social Science Research Center Fellowship Awards in Human Sexuality. Dr. Schwartz was on the board of The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) for 6 years. She is Past President of the Pacific Sociological Association and of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Dr. Schwartz also lectures nationally and internationally on sexuality, relationship topics, women’s issues, parent and child issues, communication between men and women in intimate and work relationships, and maintaining personal and family well-being in today’s world.

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