Mary Eberstadt


Mary Tedeschi Eberstadt was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. Eberstadt focuses on issues of American society, culture, and philosophy. She has written widely for various magazines and newspapers, including Policy Review, the Weekly Standard, First Things, the American Spectator, Los Angeles Times, London Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Her newest book is How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization (Templeton Press, 2013). She is also author of The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism (Ignatius Press, 2010) and Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs and Other Parent Substitutes (Penguin/Sentinel, 2004) and editor of Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle Their Political Journeys (Simon and Schuster/Threshold, 2007).

Her Policy Review essays include “Mothers in Combat Boots” (February/March 2010), “Is Food the New Sex?” (February/March 2009), “Is Pornography the New Tobacco?” (April/May 2009), “How the West Really Lost God,” “The Scapegoats among Us,” “Eminem Is Right,” “The Child-Fat Problem,” “Home-Alone America,” and “Why Ritalin Rules.” All are available online at

She is also a contributing writer to First Things magazine. Recent essays there include “What Does Woman Want?”(October 2009) and “The Will to Disbelieve”(February 2009). Another recent essay is "My Irving Kristol and Ours" in the October 5, 2009, Weekly Standard at My Irving Kristol and Ours.

Between 1998 and 1990, she was executive editor of the National Interest magazine. From 1985 to 1987, she was a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the US State Department, a speechwriter for former secretary of state George P. Shultz, and a special assistant to Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick at the US Mission to the United Nations. She was also managing editor at the Public Interest. A four-year Telluride Scholar at Cornell University, Eberstadt graduated magna cum laude in 1983.

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Analysis and Commentary

My Irving Kristol and Ours

by Mary Eberstadt with Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, October 5, 2009

A young woman came by to visit the Policy Review offices a few weeks ago...

Analysis and Commentary

Two, Three, Many Charlotte Simmonses

by Mary Eberstadtvia Catholic Thing
Thursday, July 16, 2009

In a few weeks, millions of idealistic and enthusiastic teenagers will embark on or continue a time-honored and familiar American ritual: losing their religion...

Is Pornography the New Tobacco?

by Mary Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Another curious reversal in moralizing

Is Food the New Sex?

by Mary Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A curious reversal in moralizing

Analysis and Commentary

The Unbelievably Annoying Problem of Christian Moral High Ground

by Mary Eberstadtvia National Review Online
Friday, June 27, 2008

Dear Distinguished Atheist Friends (that’s Lieber Herren Doktoren Atheisten Freunde auf Deutsch!),...

Analysis and Commentary

Query: Do Atheists Know Any Human Women, Human Children, or Human Families?

by Mary Eberstadtvia National Review Online
Friday, June 20, 2008

That’s how I’m starting to think about You!...

Analysis and Commentary

About Those Totally Annoying Christian Convert Traitors

by Mary Eberstadtvia National Review Online
Friday, June 13, 2008

Dear Major Atheist Author BFFs,...

Analysis and Commentary

The Trouble with Dull Art

by Mary Eberstadtvia National Review Online
Friday, June 6, 2008

Hey there, all You major league atheist Guys!!! It’s me, A.F., reporting for duty again,...

Analysis and Commentary

The Trouble with Good Works

by Mary Eberstadtvia National Review
Friday, May 30, 2008

Dear Friends Messrs. Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens, Onfray, Stenger & etc. again,...

Analysis and Commentary

Some Little Contradictions and How They Grew

by Mary Eberstadtvia National Review
Friday, May 23, 2008

I hope that by now You’ve all gotten my first Letter and that Everybody’s had a chance to read it and think over my points and suggestions...