Information for the Press, and prior media coverage:
and Data that I get asked for a lot:
* A figure
and worksheet describing
the increasing percentage of American couples that are interracial,
by several definitions of interracial.
* A figure
describing the increasing number of interracial and same-sex couples
in the US.
* A figure
describing the decreasing support in the US for laws against interracial
* Figures on the phantom boomerang, describing the rise of independent living which is the opposite of the boomerang theory that is so widely believed. Now updated with new figures 4 and 5 showing the rise of solo living among men and women of all ages (but especially senior women).
for my book, The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions and the Changing American Family, and related issues of family structure:
*KGO Radio San Francisco, David Lazarus
*Chicago Tribune, cover story, "A
Cultural Taboo Fades" on the rise of intermarriage, March
*USA Today, "Boomerang
Generation Mostly Hype," on the growing independence of
young adults, March 14, 2007.
*Featured on NBC national nightly
news with Brian Williams, in their series on the "State of
Our Unions," March 29, 2007, see the story
and the video here. The video seems to work better with IE than
*USA Today, "Free
as a Bird and Loving It: Being Single Has Its Benefits,"
April 12, 2007
*AP National News, picked up by many
papers including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Interracial
Marriages Surge Across the US" April 13, 2007, another
link is here.
*WAOK talk radio Atlanta, Shelley
Wynter show, April 13, 2007
*Kieran Healy, blogging
at Crooked Timber has some lovely things to say about my book
and about the age of independence, and about David Brooks' typical
misunderstanding of the independence of young adulthood.
*KZSU radio Lunch Special show, hosted
by Byrd, July 2,2007, interview (a
13 minute section of the hour long show, in mp3 format, 4.5MB).
*I was a guest on Jefferson Public
Express show on October 5 (link provides audio files for the
last 10 episodes only...)
*I was quoted in a cover story in
the Sunday Oregonian, Sept 23, 2007, titled "Marriage Today:
Fewer I do's and more just I's," but no web link is currently
*I was quoted in a December 14, 2007
story in The
Indian Express, about intermarriage and Indian-Americans.
*I was the September 13, 2009 guest
on KALW's Sunday morning Philosophy
Talk show, talking about the postmodern family.
*On the subject
of whether the recession is leading more single young people to
live with their parents, I was quoted at length in a June
27, 2010 article by Kathleen Lynn.
*I participated in a New York Times debate on the Boomerang generation, December 27, 2011.
*USA Today story on marriage aspirations of singles from February 1, 2012, quoted me.
* I was quoted in a New York Times piece on arranged marriages and love marriages, January 20, 2013.
* On the subject of young adults living with their parents, see The Washington Post coverage of a Pew report from May 24, 2016.
*On the subject of Barack Obama and
multiracial America, I was cited in an
interesting story by Charles Lewis in Canada's National Post,
June 7, 2008. Obama's electoral success so far means this particular
conversation about race and multiraciality will continue. In the
New York Times coverage of Barack Obama's inauguration, in the January
21 2009 edition, Jodi Kantor wrote an interesting story
about Obama's multiracial ancestry, which quoted me.
On the rise of Interracial Marriage and Multiraciality in the US:
*In recognition of the 40th anniversary
of Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 Supreme Court decision which ruled
all state bans against interracial marriage unconstitutional, there
were several stories, including:
*Washington Post, Love
is Colorblind, June 9, 2007
*Stanford Report, "Nontraditional
Unions got boost from Changing Family Structure, Sociologist Says,"
June 13, 2007
*The Virginian-Pilot, "Mixed-Race
Marriage Gained Legal Status in Virginia 40 Years Ago,"
June 10, 2007
*If you have a print
edition of the July, 2007 Cosmo, you'll find me on page 27.
*The USA Today quoted me in a November 8, 2011 story on the rise of interracial marriage in the US.
*In memory of the
May, 2008 passing of Mildred Loving, one of the litigants in Loving
v. Virginia, syndicated columnist Clarence
Page wrote a nice column which cited me and which makes the
relevant connection between the debate over same-sex marriage today
and the legacy of Loving v. Virginia.
* The Brooklyn (New York) Historical Society has a new exhibit, in the museum and online, called "Crossing Border, Bridging Generations," which includes an exhibit by me, called "Interracial Brooklyn."
* On symbolism of the election of Bill de Blasio, a man in an interracial marriage with multiracial children, as mayor of New York City, I was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on 11/6/2013, the day after de Blasio's election, see also this 11/16/2013 AP story about interraciality and de Blasio.
Coverage of the How Couples Meet and Stay Together studies:
* USA Today, a nice story
by Sharon Jayson on friends, the Web, and How Couples Meet.
Feb 11, 2010.
* Stanford Report, a
feature story on How Couples Meet, with video. Feb 11, 2010.
* San Jose Mercury News, "Growing
Number of Singles Find Their Valentines Online," Feb 14,
* CNN, "Mom's
Post on 'Date My Single Kid' ", July 19, 2010.
* NPR, "Computers
are Becoming Cupid's Best Weapon," story by Jennifer Ludden
August 16, 2010
news wire, Aug 16, 2010
Nacional de Colombia, Aug 16, 2010
* The Economist Magazine ran a story,
"Love at First Byte" in their December 29, 2010 issue
(hyperlink currently unreliable).
* I was a guest on
the hour-long radio show City Visions, hosted by KALW in San Francisco
on February 14, 2011 (Valentine's Day). Link currently unavailable.
* The Discovery Chanel
ran a story, "Does
Online Dating Work?" on Feb 11, 2011, and the the story
was picked up by ABC
News the next day.
*The New York Times quoted me in a story "Love, Lies, and What They Learned" on November 12, 2011.
*Stanford Alumni Magazine had a Valentine's Day (2012) Blog post about my research.
* On gays and online dating, at the Huffington Post.
* On the TV show "How I Met your Mother," in the Wall Street Journal in 2014.
* On how couples deal with technology in The New York Times, Dec 3, 2014.
* Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg's new book Modern Romance, relies substantially on the How Couples Meet data, and replicates key figures from the Rosenfeld and Thomas 2012 ASR paper. The Ansari time magazine article from June, 2015 replicates the "how couples met over time" figures and the Ansari and Klinenberg NY Times Sunday Review piece from June 13, 2015 features some of the findings from the same figures.
* In response to the interesting debate between Vanity Fair and Tinder about the effect of the Internet on sex and relationships, The Washington Post on August 13, 2015 ran a review of what is known about the Internet and relationships, featuring the Rosenfeld and Thomas 2012 ASR paper.
* Washington Post blog on the changing way Americans meet their partners, March 8, 2016. A Washington Post blog post from March 18, 2016, about the strong association between relationship duration and couple stability. Another Washington Post story, March 23, 2016, on the efficacy of online dating.
* On the surprising commitment level and faster transitions to marriage for couples who met online, see this Sophia Kercher New York Times article from April 19, 2017.
* On phone dating apps and their effect on relationships, I was interviewed on NPR's Here and Now show, May 15, 2017.
* The Economist had an August 18, 2018 on "Meet Markets: How the Internet has changed dating"
* The Washington Post had a story by Jenna Birch from September 13, 2018, about why it is so hard to turn a Tinder date into a relationship.
* A feature story in the December, 2018 issue of the Atlantic by Kate Julian described the downward trend in sex and dating, and featured some findings from the 2017 wave of the HCMST on how few dates single heterosexuals go on.
* Around the time of Valentines Day 2019, there were several stories about the paper "Disintermediating your Friends," showing a rise in heterosexual couples meeting online. See the story in Quartz, for example.
for the study of children raised by same-sex couples:
* Stanford Report,
feature story on children raised by same-sex couples, with video,
Aug 30, 2010
coverage of the same story
* My study of children raised by same-sex couples
was cited in The Times of London, Oct 23, 2010, but the article
is behind a pay-only firewall.
*The evidence shows
that same-sex couples do a perfectly fine job raising children.
These couples need all the rights and recognition and obligations
of marriage. See my
June 19, 2008 Op-Ed in the Sacramento Bee. See also my paper
on "Nontraditional Families and Childhood Progress Through
* Work on the outcomes of children raised by same-sex couples has come under scrutiny since several of the Supreme Court justices raised (ill-informed) questions about this research during the oral arguments over the Proposition 8 and DOMA cases. See this interesting story in the LA Times from April 6, 2013.
* I was cited in a Nov 26, 2013 New York Times story about gay parents, their children, and the changing American family.
* Using my research showing good outcomes for children raised by same-sex couples, I testified as an expert witness in the DeBoer v. Snyder same-sex marriage federal trial in Michigan in February, 2014. See the New York Times coverage here, see Huffington Post story about the judge's decision here, and see the judge's decision here.
* I was cited broadly in a feb 19, 2015 article by Emma Green in the Atlantic about why a new set of antigay family research is 'pseudoscience.'
On the subject of changing American public opinion towards gay rights and gay marriage
* I was quoted in a March 16, 2013 story in the Allentown Morning Call. I was quoted at length in an April, 2019 NPR podcast Hidden Brain about the radically changing history of American attitudes toward gay rights.
On the subject of the breakup rate of same-sex and heterosexual couples
* I (along with my 2014 JMF paper) were quoted in the Wall Street Journal on December 16, 2014.
* And see The Washington Post Wonkblog on March 18, 2016.
On the subject of the gender of breakup
* My work on the gender of breakup, which was presented at the 2015 ASA meetings, received a lot of press coverage, including the New York Times blog Women in the World, The Washington Post, the Huffington Post, with coverage also in Time magazine, Medical Daily, the Daily Mail, and Live Science.