Allan C. Carlson Ph.D. 

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Curriculum Vitae (JAN 2010):

Born 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa, Carlson received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Augustana College (1971) and his Ph.D. in Modern European History from The Ohio University (1978).  He is married and has four children.

From 1975-78, Carlson served as Assistant Director, Governmental Affairs Office, Lutheran Council in the U.S.A. In 1977, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Labor Movement Archive in Stockholm and, in 1979, an NEH Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (Washington, DC). Later that year, he became Assistant to the President and Lecturer in History at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania). In 1981, Carlson became Executive Vice President of The Rockford Institute (Illinois) and editor of Persuasion at Work. In 1986, he became Institute President and Publisher of Chronicles, The Family in America, and The Religion & Society Report. In 1988, President Reagan appointed him to the National Commission on Children ("The Rockefeller Commission"), where he played a key role in crafting its 1991 "Final Report," Beyond Rhetoric. Carlson served as General Secretary of The World Congress of Families (WCF), held March, 1997, in Prague, The Czech Republic. In October, 1997, he created and became President of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society.  He served as General Secretary of WCF II, held November, 1999, in Geneva, Switzerland, with 1600 delegates.  During 2001-03, he was a History Team Member of The Pew Foundation/Woodrow Wilson Center project on “the nature of the human person.” In 2002-05, Carlson held the additional post of Distinguished Fellow for Family Policy Studies at the Family Research Council (Washington, DC). In 2003 he served on the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Faculty at Oriel College, Oxford University. In March, 2004, he was International Secretary for the WCF III, held in Mexico City, with 3300 delegates; he held the same position for the WCF IV, held May 2007 in Warsaw, Poland, with 3900 participants and for the WCF V, held August 2009 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has received research grants from Ohio University, The American Scandinavian Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Institute for Educational Affairs, Earhart Foundation, and Fieldstead and Company. During the 2008/10 academic years, Carlson has also served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science and History at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan and as Visiting Professor at The John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Carlson is the author of ten books. Family Questions: Reflections on the American Social Crisis, was published in 1988 by Transaction Press (Rutgers University). The University Bookman calls it "genuinely profound."  The Swedish Experiment in Family Politics: The Myrdals and the Interwar Population Crisis, came from Transaction in 1990. Reason magazine declares it "the social policy book of the year”; a Russian translation was published in 2009 by Idesis Press.From Cottage to Work Station: The Family's Search for Social Harmony in the Industrial Age, appeared from Ignatius Press in 1993. Critic Bill Kauffman labels it “a brave and powerful book: a gimlet-eyed analysis with the force of a jeremiad” (a New Edition entitled The Family in America came from Transaction in 2003). The New Agrarian Mind: The Movement Toward Decentralist Thought in 20th Century America, appeared from Transaction in 2000.  Barry Alan Shain of Colgate University calls it a "an important book...deeply learned and finely researched…an excellent piece of intellectual history." A collection of Carlson’s essays appeared in Russian translation in 2003, entitled Society, Family, & Person and published at Moscow Lomonosov State University. The ‘American Way’: Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity, came from ISI Books in 2003. James Schall of Georgetown University deems it “the most countercultural book of the year.” Fractured Generations: Crafting a Family Policy for 21st Century America, appeared from Transaction in 2005; “insightful and provocative…required reading for academics, journalists and policymakers,” concludes W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia. Conjugal America: On the Public Purposes of Marriage came from Transaction in 2006. The Midwest Book Review labels it “an absolute ‘must read’…Highly recommended.” Spence published The Natural Family: A Manifesto (co-authored by Paul Mero) in May 2007. Booklist calls it “perhaps the most succinct, thorough, and impressive pro-family argument yet made” (a paperback edition comes from Transaction in July 2008). Third Ways: How Bulgarian Greens, Swedish Housewives, and Beer-Swilling Englishmen Created Family-Centered Economies…And Why They Disappeared appeared from ISI Books in October 2007. “Remarkable and important…. Friends of liberty everywhere should read this book,” says Professor Patrick Deneen of Georgetown University.

Carlson is Series Editor on “Marriage and Family Studies” for Transaction Publishers, a Contributing Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, and a member of the editorial board of The Intercollegiate Review. His longer essays are included in over 45 anthologies and in The Washington Post (Outlook Section), Journal of Social Issues, Society, Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, New Oxford Review, The San Diego Law Review,  The Public Interest, Regulation, The American Enterprise, The Weekly Standard, National Review, The Cresset, Family Policy Review, The Human Life Review, Policy Review, This World, The University Bookman, Continuity: A Journal of History, Dialogue: A Journal of Theology, Small Farmers' Journal, Marknads Ekonomisk Tidskrift (Sweden), The Family in Russia, Communio, The Chesterton Review, Modern Age, Caelum Et Terra, and other periodicals. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, International Herald-Tribune, Detroit News, Atlanta Journal, and Chicago Tribune.  He has appeared on the PBS News Hour, NPR ("Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," "Talk of the Nation”), Voice of America, ABC, CBS, and NBC News, MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN (“Booknotes” and “Book TV”), Family Channel, CBC, BBC World Service, Korean, Australian, Czech, Dutch and Polish TV, eight PBS productions on family issues, and over 700 regional radio and television outlets. He is profiled in Contemporary Authors (2002/07) and American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia (2006).

Carlson has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Family and Human Services, the U.S. Attorney General's Taskforce on Family Violence, The Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces, the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, Swedish, Polish, and Mexican Parliamentarians, and in State and Federal Court. He has lectured for Colgate University, Moscow Lomonosov University, St. Benet’s Hall-Oxford Uninversity, City-University (Sweden), Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Grove City College, University of Wisconsin, The North American College (the Vatican), Wabash College, Hastings College, Brigham Young University, Georgetown University, The Swedish Employers Federation, The Children's Defense Fund, The Kellogg Foundation, the North American Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, The Australian Family Association, The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, and The Civic Institute  (Czech Republic). He has prepared commissioned research papers for the Institute of Medicine--National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Education, and has consulted for the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.


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2006 Radio Interview: Phyllis Schlafly Live:  Fractured Generations [50:17 min]
2006 Radio Interview: WGN Extension 720: Allan Carlson and Elizabeth Marquardt  Part 1  [58:02 min]  Part 2 [58:09 min]


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 by Allan C. Carlson Ph.D.  


2005 Fractured Generations
 - Published Sep 2003 by ISI books; ISBN: 1-932236-11-2   More information 
2003 The American Way: Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity
 - Published February 2005 by Transaction Publishers; ISBN: 0765802759   More information 

The Family in America: Searching for Social Harmony in the Industrial Age
- Published Aug 2003 by Transaction Press; ISBN: 0-7658-0536-7   More information 

2000 The New Agrarian Mind: The Movement Toward Decentralist Thought in Twentieth-Century America
- Published Apr 2000 by Transaction Press; ISBN: 1-56000-421-5  More information 
1993 From Cottage to Work Station: The Family’s Search for Social Harmony in the Industrial Age
- Published Apr 1993 by Ignatius Press; ASIN: 0898704294  More information  
1990 The Swedish Experiment in Family Politics: The Myrdals and the Interwar Population Crisis
- Published May 1990 by Transaction Press; ISBN: 0-88738-299-1  More information 
1989 Family Questions: Reflections on the American Social Crisis
- Published Oct 1989 by Transaction Press;  ISBN: 0-88738-206-1 More information
1988 The Family Wage: Work, Gender, and Children in the Modern Economy
- Published 1988 by Transaction Press.  More information
1982 The Wealth of Families: Ethics and Economics in the 1980s
- Published 1982 by Transaction Press. 

 Book Reviews
 by Allan C. Carlson Ph.D.  



Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives Of Children Of Divorce, Elizabeth Marquardt, (New York: Crown Publishers, 2005): 191 Pages

2005 Marriage, A History: From Obedience To Intimacy Or How Love Conquered Marriage, Stephanie Coontz,  (New York: Viking, 2005), 313 pages.

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24 Mar 2011 * Third Ways: Rebuilding An American Economy Focused On Family And Community 
23 Mar 2011 * Neither Capitalism Nor Socialism: The Quest For ‘Third Way’ Economies 
26 Nov 2010 * The Natural Family In An Unnatural World
  * What Has Government Done to Our Families?
13 Aug 2010 * Why Australia Needs A Renewed Culture Of Natural Marriage
18 Feb 2010 * Beyond Capitalism and Socialism: Rebuilding an American Economy Focused on Family and Community
 5 Feb 2010 * Will The Post-Family Culture Claim America?
 3 Feb 2010 * The New Deal




2009 * Unconventional Thoughts on the Economic Downturn... And The New Economy Ahead
 4 Dec 2009 * The Crushing Burden Of Student Loans On Family Formation For Generation X
31 Oct 2009 * Taxing The Family (With A Fairy Tale As Prologue)
 15 Oct 2009 * Third Ways
10 Aug 2009 * How We Got Here: A History Of The Natural Family
11 Jul 2009 * Servile World: How ‘The Business Government,’ ‘The Loathsome Thing Called Social Service’ and Other Distributist Nightmares All Came True
 6 Jun 2009 * The Limits To Ordered Liberty
 16 Apr 2009 * Third Economic Ways
 16 Mar 2009 * ”Third Ways”: The Current Financial Crisis Seen Through a Distributist Lens
 5 Feb 2009 * Expanding Child-care Choices for all Families




 8 Nov 2008 * Learning From Conservative History: Main Trails…and Less-Travelled Paths




26 Oct 2006 * The Real Purposes of Marriage
22 Sep 2006 * The Emptied Quiver: The Protestant Embrace of Contraception
15 Sep 2006 * Equality or Ideology?: Same-Sex Unions In Scandinavia
8 Jun 2006 * Separation and Cooperation: Perspectives from the USA AND Europe
26 Mar 2006 * On Manliness
16 Mar 2006 * Appendix To CUA Talk
15 Feb 2006 * The Family of the Future (III)
11 Feb 2006 * The Economics of Abortion




28 Nov 2005 * Think Tanks: On the Intellectual Foundations of the Marriage Amendment
17 Nov 2005 * Catholicism: Family, Faith, and the American Way
16 Nov 2005 * Advancing America's Economic Competitiveness: The Role of Student Loans
20 Oct 2005 * Beyond the Culture War: On The Natural Family: A Manifesto
 7 Oct 2005 * The Social Conservative Case For The New Deal
23 Sep 2005 * Defining Family-Friendly
   Sep 2005 * Review of the Population Bomb
27 Jul 2005 * Sweden and the Failure of European Family Policy
20 Jul 2005 * Europe and the Christian Democracy Movement: A Once and Future Hope?
22 Jun 2005 * The "Parents' Tax Relief Act of 2005"
26 May 2005 * The Meaning of Memorial Day
11 May 2005 * Fractured Generations: Toward a New Vision of Family Policy
27 Apr 2005 * Sweden and the Failure of European Family Policy
15 Apr 2005 * A Radical Economics? Capitalism and the Quest for Community
24 Feb 2005 * The ‘Values Vote’ Goes Global: On The World Congress of Families
23 Feb 2005 * Making Social Security Reform Family-Friendly  [FIA]
31 Jan 2005 * Toward A True Homecoming: Preschools and the Family
26 Jan 2005 * The Natural Family Meets the Moral Hazard at National Health Care Gulch
12 Jan 2005 * On The World Congress of Families




16 Jun 2004 * Standing for Liberty: Marriage, Virtue, and the Political State
19 May 2004 * Conjugal Happiness" and The American Way: On the Relationship Between Marriage and the American Experience
1 Apr 2004 * Social Science and Family Policy
10 Mar 2004 * Two Becoming One Flesh: On Marriage as the Union of the Sexual and the Economic
18 Feb 2004 * Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace": On the Communal Nature of Marriage
19 Jan 2004 * Family, Faith & the American Identity
12 Jan 2004 * Globalizing Family Values




21 Nov 2003 *

Marriage on Trial: Some Lessons from History

14 Nov 2003 * Post Marriage Culture?: The Case of Sweden
3 Nov 2003 * The Fractured Dream of Social Parenting
 17 Oct 2003 * The Curious Case of Gender Equality
 14 Jul 2003 * Children’s Needs and the Ironies of Development
 12 Jun 2003 * Marriage on Trial: Why We Must Privilege and Burden the Traditional Marriage Bond
 10 Jun 2003 * Rethinking American Population Policy For A Depopulating World
 5 Apr 2003 * World Population Trends and the Retreat From Marriage
 27 Mar 2003 * "Bailey Park" or "Greater Pottersville"?: The Natural Family in the 21st Century Suburb
 13 Feb 2003 * Reinventing the Schoolroom: Education as Homecoming
 13 Feb 2003 * The Family and the Person in American Liberal Institutions




22 Nov 2002 * Rebinding the Generations: A Fresh Vision of the Multigenerational Family
8 Nov 2002 * Agrarianism and the Popular Education Culture
28 Jul 2002 * Love Is Not Enough: Toward the Recovery of a Family Economics
7 Jul 2002 * Social Ecology and The Natural Family
19 Jun 2002 * Agrarian Tales -G.K. Chesrterton
4 Jan 2002 * "The Family" at the United Nations: What Went Wrong? And How To Get It Right Again




26 Oct 2001 * The Family in the 21st Century: Can It Survive?




2 Jun 2000 *

A History of 'The Family' in the United Nations




19 Jan 1999 * The Family as The Fundamental Unit of Society
7 Aug 1999 * Depopulation and the New World Social Order




18 Apr 1998 * The Transition from High School to Adult Life: The Role of the Father
18 Apr 1998 * Watch Out for the Ambush! on the perils (and Rewards) of Being a '"Pioneer" Family
17 Apr 1998 * How Home Schooling Strengthens Families
29 Jan 1998 * The Trojan Horse of Child Care
 9 Jan 1998 * Twenty-Five Years into the Culture of Death




11 Mar 1996 * Third Ways, Middle Ways and the Family Way: The Quest For The Virtuous Economy




4 Oct 1995 * From Cottage to Work Station...And Back Again
1 May 1995 * The Family and the Welfare State




2 Feb 1994 * Why Things Went Wrong: The Decline of the Family
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