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

The Loser Letters

by Mary Eberstadtvia National Review Online
Friday, May 16, 2008

An open letter to those spokesmen for the New Atheism who have labored mightily these last few years to sweep aside religion’s paralytic webs of superstition and prejudice, and to liberate the rest of our Species via Science and Enlightenment:...

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How the West Really Lost God

by Mary Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Friday, June 22, 2007

For well over a century now, the idea that something about modernity will ultimately cause religion to wither away has been practically axiomatic among modern, sophisticated Westerners...

How the West Really Lost God

by Mary Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Friday, June 1, 2007

A new look at secularization.

The State of Conservatives and Liberals

with Peter Berkowitz, Mary Eberstadt, Tod Lindbergvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 23, 2007

Peter Berkowitz, Mary Eberstadt and Tod Lindberg discuss the state of conservatives and liberals in America. The discussion touches on an alleged liberal hatred towards conservatives and how the current "Bush Hate" climate is affecting the conservative movement. This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2007.

Analysis and Commentary

Do Campuses Tilt Left?

by Mary Eberstadt with Peter Berkowitzvia Weekly Standard
Monday, April 9, 2007

Every once in a while, something you read is so otherwise inexplicable that satire seems the safest bet...

Analysis and Commentary

Curse of the Christian-Bashers

by Mary Eberstadtvia Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal)
Friday, February 16, 2007

Heavens, it's getting crowded in the pews these days -- at least with Democratic presidential candidates...

The Scapegoats Among Us

by Mary Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Friday, December 1, 2006

Blame-shifting after 9/11.

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Revenge of the Rugrats

by Mary Eberstadtvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

“Today’s kids and young adults are openly nostalgic for that mother of all scapegoats, the nuclear family itself.” Mary Eberstadt on the shortcomings of progressive happy-talk about the family.

Eminem is Right

by Mary Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

The primal scream of teenage music

The Child-Fat Problem

by Mary Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Saturday, February 1, 2003

Overweight kids in home-alone America