Jennifer Roback Morse lectures on marriage at Stanford University

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Stanford University is one of the top 5 universities in the United States.


Dr J gave this talk at Stanford University’s Anscombe Society on the reasons for marriage, and the ways in which it shapes society and the next generation. After Dr J’s talk at Stanford University, she took questions and answers from the students in attendance.  They had quite the lively discussion…  Please be advised–some of these questions may be overly explicit for very young listeners.

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Here’s her biography:

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. is the founder and President of the Ruth Institute, president of the Ruth Institute a project of the National Organization for Marriage to promote life-long married love to college students by creating an intellectual and social climate favorable to marriage.

She is also the Senior Research Fellow in Economics at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.

She is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in a Hook-up World, (2005) and Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn’t Work (2001), recently reissued in paperback, as Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.

Dr. Morse served as a Research Fellow for Stanford University’s Hoover Institution from 1997-2005. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester in 1980 and spent a postdoctoral year at the University of Chicago during 1979-80. She taught economics at Yale University and George Mason University for 15 years. She was John M. Olin visiting scholar at the Cornell Law School in fall 1993. She is a regular contributor to the National Review Online, National Catholic Register, Town Hall, MercatorNet and To the Source.

Dr. Morse’s scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Political Economy, Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Economic History, Publius: the Journal of Federalism, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Social Philosophy and Policy, The Independent Review, and The Notre Dame Journal of Law Ethics and Public Policy.

[…]Her public policy articles have appeared in Forbes, Policy Review,The American Enterprise, Fortune, Reason, the Wall Street Journal, Vital Speeches, and Religion and Liberty.

She currently lives in San Diego, CA. She and her husband are the parents of a birth child, an adopted child. From March 2003 to August 2006, Dr. Morse and her husband were foster parents for San Diego County. During that time, they cared for a total of eight foster children.

Her talent is to apply the economic way of thinking to social issues like marriage, family and parenting.

5 thoughts on “Jennifer Roback Morse lectures on marriage at Stanford University”

  1. Wintery have you read over Francis Schaeffer’s law of antithesis in regards to homosexual activities? I believe he spells it out in his book: A Christian Manifesto.

    The line of thinking he proposes in the book mentioned above was the approach of some friends and I used to talk to folks about voting on a measure in our state to restrict marriage to a man and woman. In the end I do not think we changed any minds, but the measure passed.

    I’ll have to double check and make sure I got the book right… it has been awhile.


  2. Wow this was really interesting!
    Talk about a hostile environment, but she handled herself incredibly well.

    *Warning explicit language below*

    One point that certainly did pin her, though, was the one about a man who was not capable of vaginal sex because of, say, an accident.
    I dunno…cos it does seem harsh to say that he wouldn’t be able to marry a woman and not adopt just because he is not physically capable of vaginal sex, isn’t it? What does his capability of a certain kind of sex have to do with his ability to raise a child in a loving, heterosexual marriage?
    Also, in the songs of solomon there are numerous references to other kinds of sex which are seen as legitimate, I think all of them being oral sex. So he would be capable of oral, not capable of vaginal sex, and would be in a loving and committed heterosexual relationship yet would not be allowed to marry and adopt.

    What do guys think of that?

    To be honest, I’m just not sure.
    Also this would also be linked with the other question about trivialising chastity. If the guy would not be allowed to enter into a monogamous marriage because he was not capable of vaginal sex wouldn’t that send the message to him that he’s better off engaging in other sexual activities with his partner outside of marriage?

    just some rambling concerns, would appreciate other people’s input.


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