Research Areas

Gender and Justice (including Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Media Criticism); Fraud and Corruption in International Adoption; LGBT Issues (including Same-Sex Marriage)


M.F.A., Warren Wilson College

B.A., Ohio University Honors Tutorial College


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

E.J. Graff's Website

Daily Column at The American Prospect

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

What is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution

LinkedIn Profile

E.J. Graff

E.J. Graff

E.J. Graff

E.J. Graff is an award-winning journalist, commentator, and author. Her work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Democracy Journal, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times, Ms., The Nation, The New Republic,,, The Village Voice, and The Women’s Review of Books, and has been excerpted in dozens of anthologies and textbooks.

Graff is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, where she researches and reports on gender and sexuality issues, and a board member of the Journalism & Women Symposium, or JAWS. Her daily column at The American Prospect was widely read for its witty, irreverent, informed commentary on gender, sexuality, race, and social justice.

Previously, Graff collaborated with former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy on her book Getting Even: Why Women Still Don’t Make As Much As Men--And What To Do So We Will. Graff’s first book, What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution (Beacon Press, 2004), examined more than 2,500 years of history of a central pillar of our social life, and has been called the "bible" of the same-sex marriage movement. 

Graff has appeared in documentaries and been interviewed widely on public, commercial, and satellite radio and television, including ABC, BBC, PBS, MTV, and NPR. Her work has been cited in scores of academic and law review articles; quoted in governmental policy-making commissions; submitted in court cases; and has prompted drafts of new legislation. Awards, grants, and fellowships include the Society for Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for best in magazine investigative journalism; the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism; and fellowships at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, where she wrote her first book, and at Harvard Law School.

Current Projects

On leave for the current academic year.

Representative Publications

Murphy, Evelyn F. with E.J. Graff. Getting Even: Why Women Still Don’t Get Paid Like Men – And What To Do About It. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.

Graff, E.J. What is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999, 2004.