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.


  • 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.… MORE >>

  • Measuring concern about poverty

    Do Americans care about poverty? How do we measure that concern?… MORE >>

  • Culture assault

    As I finished up back-to-school shopping for the kids last week I was bemoaning the fact that there are very few clothing companies out there with items that are appropriate for the tween girl set.… MORE >>

  • Holding out against grade inflation may be losing battle

    It is hard for a college to make a change, however well-intentioned, that will put it at a competitive disadvantage.… MORE >>

  • The perils of crowdsourcing self esteem

    When we talk about the need to restrict screen access for kids, we are usually concerned about what kinds of things are coming into our homes.… MORE >>

  • Plunging right into the deep end

    Do racial preferences help those who are on the receiving end of them?… MORE >>

  • Cheating as civil disobedience

    There is a point in Rachel Aviv’s New Yorker piece chronicling the widespread cheating on standardized tests that went on in some Georgia schools several years ago where you wonder how much further the author could go to defend teachers who changed students’ answers in order to ensure that they kept their jobs.… MORE >>

  • Communal living, 2.0

    If you needed more evidence that young adults today have a certain kind of nostalgia for the way their grandparents and great-grandparents lived, look no further than a piece on the Atlantic’s website: “Two Couples, One Mortgage,” in which two couples buy a rowhouse together in Northwest Washington, DC, take on a mortgage and agree to raise their children together too.… MORE >>

  • When commitment is passe

    It’s hard to know how much we can tell about the state of marriage from the New York Times… MORE >> Style section, but we can figure out at least what’s going on among the a certain segment of the country’s elites.

  • Looking for discrimination in the wrong place

    Articles complaining about the lack of diversity in a particular area or sector of the economy are a dime a dozen, but the one in Friday’s USA Today complaining about the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley is worth examining closely because it exemplifies so many of the flaws in the arguments of those obsessed with diversity.… MORE >>

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