Naomi Schaefer Riley

Naomi Schaefer Riley

Naomi Schaefer Riley is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values. Her book on tenure in higher education will be published by Ivan R. Dee in the spring of 2011. Ms. Riley was, until recently, the deputy Taste editor of the Wall Street Journal, where she covered religion, higher education, and philanthropy for the editorial page. Her book God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America was published by St. Martin's in 2005. Prior to joining the Journal, she founded In Character, a magazine published by the John M. Templeton Foundation. Her writing has also been published in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education among other publications. She has been the recipient of the Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Journalism Fellowship. She is the winner of the 2006 American Academy of Religion's Newswriting Contest for Opinion Writing. Ms. Riley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. She lives in the suburbs of New York with her husband, Jason, and two children.

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  • How raising the minimum wage hurts disabled workers

    If you want to understand the harm that proponents of raising the minimum wage are willing to impose on people at the bottom of the labor market, look no further than a recent article in Bloomberg News by Lorraine Woellert. As of January 1, federal contractors will be required to pay workers no less than […]

  • Putting your future in the deep freeze

    The most interesting responses to the news that Apple will now pay for female employees to freeze their eggs should they want to put off child-bearing for another time has been from women who say that doing so is not really about prioritizing a career. Rather, they say it is about being able to take […]

  • The panacea of after-school programs

    In the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, riots over the summer, it was not uncommon to hear community leaders and media commentators emphasize the need for more after-school programs for the city’s disadvantaged youth. There were calls for all sorts of other reforms too– from police re-training to more money for schools and childcare — […]

  • Embracing the cop killers

    Students at Goddard College in Vermont have invited convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to be their commencement speaker this weekend. The small student body, who all design their own curriculum, have several graduation ceremonies each year. Since convicted felons are not usually allowed to leave prison for commencement addresses, Abu-Jamal has recorded a statement for the […]

  • Does the over-researched donor spell the end of spontaneous philanthropy?

    How much of development work is surveillance? It’s a question I began to ask myself the other night after I met a young woman who works for the alumni office of an elite university in Washington, D.C. She told me that a lot of her job is working with “big data” in order to find […]

  • Sorting out what the activists want

    What is the biggest problem for lower-income residents of New York? You may need a scorecard to figure it out. A few days ago, a group of protesters who want to ban FreshDirect trucks in the Bronx were ejected from a softball game at Coney Island between the City Council and the Mayor’s Office. The […]

  • A choice painful and to be avoided, if at all possible

    “I couldn’t turn my abortion into art.” That was the title of a first-person essay published by the New York Times over the summer. In it, the author, Lisa Selin Davis, describes getting an abortion shortly after college and finding out it was not the “no big deal” that she had been assured. Finding out […]

  • Fake racism on campus

    Some episodes in higher education are so predictable it’s hard to imagine why anyone even blinks. Last week’s “racist” incident at Sweet Briar College in Virginia in which someone mysteriously posted “white” and “colored” signs on doors and over water fountains ended with the revelation that the sign poster was, of course, black. The perpetrator […]

  • Marriage quality and methodology

    Last week, the National Marriage Project released a report which showed that women who had a greater number of sexual partners were less likely to be happy in their marriages. For women who had sex only with their future spouse before marriage, more than 50 percent of them reported having high-quality marriages. That was true […]

  • Measuring concern about poverty

    Do Americans care about poverty? How do we measure that concern? The answer from those on the left is very simple: Our concern is measured by how much public money we spend to alleviate poverty and how much political pressure we exert in order to get that money spent. Just check out the op-ed in […]

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