Today Show Contributor, AARP Sex and Relationship
Ambassador, and Best-Selling Author
Pepper Schwartz is a 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.
Awards and Accolades
Dr. Schwartz has received many awards, including Distinguished Alumni from 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.
Dr. Schwartz is the author of seventeen 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, and Prime: Adventures and Advice on Sex, Love, and the Sensual Years. Her latest book is Frommer’s/AARP Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World – and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away.
Love and Relationship Expert
Dr. Schwartz is the national Love & Relationship Expert & Ambassador for AARP and writes the column The Naked Truth. She writes on romantic travel (and is presently working on a book Perfect Places for Passion at Any Age). She also writes columns for PsychToday.com, BeWell.com and the Seattlepi.com. She previously produced the monthly column “Sex and Health” for Glamour Magazine, with coauthor Dr. Janet Lever, for more than seven years, and wrote the column “Talking About Sex” in American Baby Magazine for 8 years. She is the relationship expert for PerfectMatch.com and is the co-creator of their matching agorithm Duet.
Dr. Schwartz has contributed to many magazines, journals and newspapers including the New York Times “Parent and Child” column, Sexual Health, Psychology Today, Sunset Magazine 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 has appeared on The Today Show, Oprah, Good Morning America and NPR multiple times. She is the author of more than 50 scholarly articles and has served as a consultant to many national organizations including LLuminari Women’s Health Network and was the Chairperson of the National Sexuality Resource Center.
Dr. Schwartz lectures nationally and internationally on relationship topics, sexuality, 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 Sociology of Sexuality to 700 students at the University of Washington and was given the Panhellenic Award in 2007 for Outstanding Teacher in the Social Sciences and Most Engaging Lecturer on campus.
Dr. Schwartz has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Seattle Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine, Time, Newsweek and Law & Politics Magazine where she was chosen as one of the “25 Smartest People in Washington State”.