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Mark D. Regnerus
Mark D. Regnerus

Mark D. Regnerus is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His research is in the areas of sexual relationship behavior, family, marriage, and religion. Mark is the author of over 40 published articles and book chapters, and four books, the most recent of which is The Future of Christian Marriage, from Oxford University Press. His book Cheap Sex and the Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy (Oxford University Press, 2017) describes the world that has come to be due to influence of technology on sex and sexuality. Before that came Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying (Oxford University Press, 2011), which describes the norms, behaviors, and mating market realities facing young adults, and Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers (Oxford University Press, 2007), which tells the story of how religion does—and does not—shape teenagers' sexual decision-making.

His work has been widely reviewed, including in Slate, Dallas Morning News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The New Yorker, and his research and commentaries have been featured in numerous media outlets. He is a contributing editor for Public Discourse, and he writes occasionally for First Things and National Review.