Christine B. Whelan
|Alma mater||Princeton University, University of Oxford|
|Employer||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Title||Clinical Professor of Consumer Science|
|Parent(s)||Stephen Whelan, Elizabeth Whelan|
Christine Barrett Whelan (born July 5, 1977) is a writer, journalist, and commentator. She is the author of two books about marriage, and two self-help books for young-adults. She is a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Whelan earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Politics. Whelan subsequently was awarded the 1999 Daniel M. Sachs scholarship, one of Princeton's highest honors, which enabled her to study at Worcester College, Oxford. As a Sachs Scholar, she studied Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford, from which she earned her masters and doctorate.
Academic and consulting roles
Whelan has held teaching positions in the Sociology department at the University of Iowa and in the Sociology and Politics departments at Princeton University. In 2009 she accepted a position with the Sociology department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught until 2013. In 2013, she accepted a position with the Consumer Science department at the School of Human Ecology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she currently teaches and directs the Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE).
From 2013 to 2016, Whelan was a thought leader at the LifeReimagined Institute, where she served as chief curator, advising on self-improvement strategies for life's transitions. She is on the board of SEEK Safely and an outspoken advocate for the dissemination of research-based advice.
As an undergraduate, Whelan was editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. From 1997 through 2000, she interned at The Wall Street Journal in New York and Washington bureaus and in 2000 interned at The Washington Post. In 2008, Whelan was awarded a Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship.
Whelan's writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, National Review Online and The Washington Post, among other publications. From 2005-2010, she wrote a bi-weekly relationship advice column for Busted Halo and contributed occasional pieces to The Huffington Post.
Whelan's first book, Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women, was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2006. In the book, Whelan coined the term SWANS, which stands for Strong Women Achievers, No Spouse.
Intended in part as a response to Maureen Dowd's 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide, Whelan presented evidence contrary to the belief that an elite education and high income among women correlate with lower marriage rates. Using Census Bureau statistics, a commissioned poll of 3,700 men and women ages 25 to 40 and personal interviews, Whelan showed that while the stereotype was valid among previous generations, today a higher income and education in fact increases a woman's marriage chances, and that high-achieving women simply marry later in life.
Prior to conducting the research, Whelan originally intended for the book to be a pessimistic take on the marriage prospects of professional women, drawn from popular studies and personal experience. The book was initially conceived with the title Overqualified for Love.
Whelan's second book, Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to True Love, was published by Simon & Schuster on December 30, 2008. Whelan's third book, Generation WTF: From “What the #%$&” to a Wise, Tenacious, and Fearless You, was published by Templeton Press in February 2011. Whelan's fourth book, The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life, was published in May 2016.
Whelan has frequently appeared as an expert commentator on television news programs, including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Good Morning America, and on national radio programs, including Iowa Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, and the BBC Whelan is a frequent featured speaker at public events and academic conferences.
Whelan has three young children.
- "Christine Whelan, Peter Moyers". The New York Times. 2007-06-17. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "Dr. Christine B. Whelan". ChristineWhelan.com. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
- "Former Prince editor wins Sachs". Princeton Weekly Bulletin. 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Fellowship in memory of Rhodes Scholar from Princeton, Daniel M. Sachs. See http://www.princeton.edu/oip/fellowships/major-awards/sachs/ http://dwkcommentaries.com/tag/rhodes-scholarship/ Other notable Sachs Scholars include Elena Kagan and Anne-Marie Slaughter.
- "2000 Intern Bios". WashPost.com. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Clayton, Rachel (2006-09-26). "Marrying Up, Guys?". Today's Chicago Woman.
- "About - Money+Relationships+Equality". Money+Relationships+Equality. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
- "Our Experts". Life Reimagined Institute. Life Reimagined. n.d. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Board of Directors - SEEK Safely". SEEK Safely. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
- "2008 Fellows". Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science & Religion. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Whelan, Christine (2008-02-22). "Marrying Tradition and Modernity". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Whelan, Christine (2007-11-16). "Gentlemen Prefer Brains". National Review Online. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Whelan, Christine (2008-11-11). "It Isn't About the Trash Can". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "Dr. Christine B. Whelan". Busted Halo. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "Christine Whelan". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "Fear not, smart women". The Washington Times. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Allison, Julia (2006-10-23). "Gentlemen prefer brains?". amNew York.
- "It Might be True That 'Men Marry Their Mothers'" (Press release). University of Iowa News Services. 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Elliott, Tom (2006-11-12). "When Smart Equals Sexy". New York Post. Archived from the original on April 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Hobson, Katherine (2006-11-22). "Smart women do wed". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Princeton University. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Whelan, Christine B. (2011-02-04). Generation WTF: From What the #$%&! to a Wise, Tenacious, and Fearless You: Advice on How to Get There from Experts and WTFers Just Like You. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press. ISBN 9781599473475.
- Whelan, Christine B. (2016-05-23). The Big Picture: A guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life. S.l.: Templeton Press. ISBN 9781599474243.
- Smith, Terence (1999-01-18). "Beyond the Beltway". The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. PBS. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "Dr. Christine B. Whelan". Good Morning America. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "KUNI: The Exchange". Iowa Public Radio. 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "In A Barbie World: Barbie's New Look | Wisconsin Public Radio". www.wpr.org. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
- "Self-help and Self-improvement, Thinking Allowed - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
- "Upcoming Events". Hudson Union Club. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "Christine B. Whelan". Fox Speakers Forum. University of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "Impact of the Individual, Power of the Network". Columbia Women in Business. Columbia University. 2007-02-23. Archived from the original on July 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "About | Christine B. Whelan". www.christinewhelan.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.