Researcher and author on the family, marriage, gender, sexuality, and health.

Dr. Pepper Schwartz

National Authority on Sexuality, Family, Marriage and Intimate Relationships & Communication

Dr. Pepper Schwartz received her PhD from Yale University and is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the National Sexuality Resource Center and the Pacific Sociological Association. Author of 17 books and over 50 scientific articles, she has been given several awards among them the American Sociological Association's award for Public Understanding of Sociology. She also serves as the AARP Love and Relationship Ambassador and is one of the founding members of Perfectmatch.com, for whom she created their matching system.


A sought-after public speaker, she is the author of more than 40 scholarly articles and has served as a consultant to many national organizations. She also blogs for Psych.Today.com, Bewell.com, SeattlePI.com and ASHA.com ( the American Social Health Association)

In addition to extensive lecturing, she has authored numerous articles as well as several books. Her well-known books form the basis for many of her presentations: Prime: Adventures and Advice about Sex, Love, Everything You know about Love and Sex is Wrong, Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Children about Sex & Character, Peer Marriage: How Love Between Equals Really Works, American Couples: Money, Work, and Sex, The Love Test, and Finding Your Perfect Match. Her newest book is The Normal Bar.

Many of Pepper's popular articles have appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, American Baby, Self and Psychology Today. She has been profiled in The New York Times, (in the main section and the Science column), The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, Psychology Today, Glamour, Self Magazine, New Woman Magazine, People Magazine, Sexual Health and others.

She is the mother of Cooper and Ryder and lives on a horse ranch in Snoqualmie, Washington.