Donna Freitas holds a PhD in religious studies from Catholic University and has taught at Hofstra University and Boston University. Dr. Freitas is the author of both Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on American’s College Campuses and her most recent work, The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture Is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy. Since 2005, her research has centered on the attitudes of college students about sex and faith and how these interact (or don’t) with respect to sexual decision-making on campus. Dr. Freitas conducted a major, nationwide study at Catholic, evangelical, private-secular, and public universities and colleges to investigate this subject, which led her into the terrain of student dissatisfaction and overall unhappiness with hookup culture on campuses everywhere.
In 2008, Dr Freitas published Sex and the Soul with Oxford University Press to discuss her findings. Since the book’s release, she has lectured at over 50 colleges and universities about hookup culture and the reasons students give about why it makes them unhappy, yet also why there is so much silence about this reality on campus. Dr. Freitas also has written about this study in many newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and Christianity Today, and has appeared on television news and radio shows to talk about the project. Dr. Freitas expounded upon the topic of hookup culture in The End of Sex, published in April 2013.
Dr. Freitas got her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University and her Ph.D. at Catholic University in Washington, DC. She lives in Brooklyn.
Read more about Dr. Freitas and her work on her website donnafreitas.com.
-The Hookup Generation—What College Students Really Feel About Sex on Campus (Columbia University, September 7, 2014)
-Sex and the Soul: Putting the Meaning back into Intimacy during the College Experience (University of Chicago, February 6, 2014)
-What’s Faith Got to Do with It?: The Contribution of Faith to Healthy Relationship Formation (Sexuality, Integrity, and University 2011)
-Effects of the College Hook Up Culture (Bucknell University, February 1, 2011)