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Married vs Nonmarital

Jaclyn Geller – Embracing Nonmarital History

Jaclyn Geller, Ph.D. is an expert in the field of marriage research and marriage history. She is the author of Moving Past Marriage: Why We Should Ditch Marital Privilege, End Relationship-Status Discrimination, and Embrace Nonmartial History.

A person can be in a committed relationship and not want to get married. And it’s not because they are against marriage. The bonds that create a family are there. They just don’t want to get married.

Jaclyn digs further and looks at the history of marriage. How far back in history does marriage go? How have we come to marginalize less conventional partnerships? Jaclyn’s work focuses on the social and legal history of the institution.

Jaclyn Geller, Ph.D. is associate professor of English at Central Connecticut State University where she specializes in Restoration and 18th century studies. She has been recognized as an expert in the field of marriage research and commentary. She is the author of Here Comes the Bride: Women, Weddings, and the Marriage Mystique. Jaclyn has lectured and written on how American society could be organized differently.