Rosen, Christine 1973–
Rosen, Christine 1973–
PERSONAL: Born 1973; married Jeffrey Rosen. Education: University of South Florida, B.A., 1993; Emory University, Ph.D., 1999. Hobbies and other interests: Has been a volunteer tutor for Project Northstar.
ADDRESSES: Home—Washington, DC. Office—New Atlantis, 1015 15th St. NW, Ste. 900, Washington, DC 20005. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Emory University, Atlanta, GA, history instructor, 1997; Independent Women's Forum, Washington, DC, director of economic projects, 1999–2000, senior fellow, 2000–02; American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, adjunct scholar, 1999–; New Atlantis, Washington, DC, senior editor. Resident fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC. Has appeared on radio and television networks, including National Public Radio, BBC Radio, CNN, FOX, ABC News, and C-SPAN.
Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2004.
My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood, Public Affairs (New York, NY), 2005.
Contributor of articles to periodicals, including New York Times Magazine, National Review, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, Policy Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Society, Women's Quarterly, and Women in World History.
AS CHRISTINE STOLBA
(With Diana Furchtgott-Roth) Women's Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America, American Enterprise Institute Press (Washington, DC), 1999.
(With Diana Furchtgott-Roth) The Feminist Dilemma: When Success Is Not Enough, American Enterprise Institute Press (Washington, DC), 2001.
Lying in a Room of One's Own: How Women's Studies Textbooks Miseducate Women, Independent Women's Forum (Washington, DC), 2002.
SIDELIGHTS: Christine Rosen—who is also publishes as Christine Stolba—is a resident fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, where she has participated in the Project on Biotechnology. As a member of the project, she has written about the history of genetics, the social impact of technology, the fertility industry, and bioethics. Eugenics, in fact, became the topic for her book Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement. As an expert on women's rights, she has also testified before Congress. Rosen has taken this interest and her knowledge of the laws governing women to work at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. She has written about feminism, women's studies, and the economy, and penned two volumes with Diana Furchtgott-Roth on these subjects: Women's Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America and The Feminist Dilemma: When Success Is Not Enough.
Rosen was brought up as a Fundamentalist Christian during the 1970s and 1980s, and that foundation has led her to write about religion, as well. Preaching Eugenics addresses the trend during the first half of the twentieth century that encouraged people to reproduce only for the betterment of the species, with certain people being considered more genetically fit to bear multiple children than others. In a review for Books and Culture, Philip Jenkins called Rosen's book a "thoroughly researched study of the eugenic movement." Kevin Shapiro, writing in Commentary, found the work to be "clear, concise, and meticulous in its scholarship," but warned that the book "presents some challenges for the lay reader."
With My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood Rosen takes a more personal look at religious practices, particularly as they relate to her own upbringing. She examines the Fundamentalist Christian communities in which she was raised, as well as the strict religious schools she attended. Although the subject matter is serious, she infuses her writing with the amusements that color most childhoods. Her fantasies, though, leaned toward wanting to be a missionary and a search for signs that the End of Days was near. Booklist critic Gillian Engberg called Rosen's effort a "poignant, unsparing, and funny memoir." In a review for Publishers Weekly, a contributor remarked that "her subtle humor and ironically accurate descriptions will appeal to others with stringent religious backgrounds."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, October 1, 2005, Gillian Engberg, review of My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood, p. 30.
Books and Culture, July-August, 2004, Philip Jenkins, "Bad Seed: Why Did So Many American Churches Embrace Eugenics?," p. 7.
Christian Century, November 2, 2004, Amy Laura Hall, "Good Breeding: The Eugenics Temptation," p. 24.
Commentary, July-August, 2004, Kevin Shapiro, "Good Breeding," review of Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement, p. 49.
Commonweal, May 7, 2004, Paul Lauritzen, "Taller, Smarter, Prettier," review of Preaching Eugenics, p. 32.
Journal of Religion, April, 2005, Richard Weikart, review of Preaching Eugenics, p. 340.
Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2005, review of My Fundamentalist Education, p. 1068.
Publishers Weekly, August 29, 2005, review of My Fundamentalist Education, p. 51.
Wilson Quarterly, summer, 2004, Amy E. Schwartz, review of Preaching Eugenics, p. 126.
Ethics and Public Policy Center Web site, http://www.eppc.org/ (November 30, 2005), "Christine Rosen."
Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future Web site, http://www.thehumanfuture.org/ (November 30, 2005), "Christine Rosen."