Virginia Rutter

About Virginia Rutter

Author of the column, Nice Work, appearing the last Monday of every month.

Virginia Rutter, PhD, has been working at the intersection of academia and media for two decades: first in DC in Congress and at a mental health organization, and (during and after her phd at the University of Washington) as a sociologist translating academic ideas to general audiences. The author of two books (The Gender of Sexuality and The Love Test, both with Pepper Schwartz) and numerous articles for Psychology Today, Virginia has written on topics including divorce, marriage, gender, sexuality, stepfamilies, adolescence, infidelity, depression, women in science, psychotherapy research, couples therapy, and domestic violence. She gives talks and workshops on representations of gender in the media, and how, why, and when academics should work with the media. She has been seen and heard in the Boston GlobeThe New York Times, NPR programs, the Associated Press, the Hartford CourantDaily VarietyUSA, and various liberal and conservative radio programs. She was a co-investigator of the NIH-funded National Couples Survey and a public policy fellow at the National Academies of Science, and currently she is Professor of Sociology at Framingham State University, in Framingham, MA, a board member of the Council on Contemporary Families, and a single stepmother/widowlady. Her Girl with Pen column, Nice Work, appears the last Monday of every month.

Follow Virginia on Twitter: @virginiarutter

Past Posts

Older Posts

Got Economy?

So Not a Woman Thing

Quick Takes: Sarah Palin, American Idol?

More Research on Ladies Who Boss


Opting Out Ain’t What It Used to Be: Economics, Not Psychology, Explains an Historic Decline in Women’s Employment

It Isn’t Nice

Can We Talk about Love, Please?

Who Votes Their Gender?