Pepper Schwartz Ph.D.

Pepper Schwartz

Pepper Schwartz is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University.

Dr. Schwartz has received many awards, including Distinguished Alumni, Washington University in St. Louis, the Matrix Award for Achievement in Education, the American Sociological Association for 2005 for "Public Understanding of Sociology" and the International Women's Forum Award in Career Achievement in Washington State. She is the author of 14 books, including many popular books such as: The Great Sex Weekend, The Lifetime Love and Sex Quiz Book, Everything You Know About Love and Sex is Wrong and Ten Talks Parents Must Have With Their Children About Sex and Character with Dominic Cappello, 201 Question to Ask Your Kids / 201 Questions to Ask Your Parents (Avon/Morrow). Her latest book Prime: Adventures and Advice on Sex, Love, and the Sensual Years was released in June 2007 by Collins.

Dr. Schwartz wrote the monthly column "Sex and Health" for Glamour Magazine, with coauthor Dr. Janet Lever, for more than seven years, and "Talking About Sex" for 8 years for American Baby Magazine. She also wrote a weekly column called "Sex.Net with Dr. Pepper" for Microsoft Corporation's One Click Away. She currently writes columns for,, and She is the relationship expert at

Dr. Schwartz has contributed to many magazines, journals and newspapers including the New York Times "Parent and Child" column, Sexual Health, Psychology Today and Contexts. Dr. Schwartz was a regular member of the KIRO-TV (Seattle) news staff for twelve years and appears regularly on national TV news, documentaries and other programs. She is the author of more than 40 scholarly articles and has served as a consultant to many national organizations including LLuminari Women's Health Network and Chairperson of the National Sexuality Resource Center. Dr. Schwartz lectures nationally and internationally on relationship topics, women's issues, parent and child issues, communication between men and women in intimate and work relationships, and maintaining personal and family well-being in today's world. She teaches the Sociology of Sexuality to 700 students at the University of Washington, and was given an award in 2007 as Outstanding Teacher in the Social Sciences and Most Engaging Lecturer on campus.

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