Author Archives: ErikaChristakis

About ErikaChristakis

Yale Lecturer in early childhood education/Licensed teacher/Former preschool director/author. In possession of: unmarketable bachelor’s degree (Harvard, anthropology), semi-marketable graduate degrees (public health, education…). Rewarding career at the intersection of family, society, and schools (including long stint in parenting vortex). Forging a new path to connect all of the above.

Do College Students Need a Class In Dating?

Dating Tips for Undergrads? Here’s a link to some coverage of my Aspen Ideas Festival panel on the emotional health of college students. To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Yale should become a dating service! (Nor did I say, … Continue reading

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Facebook Privacy and Me

I like my privacy. I live in the woods. According to my husband, I am the “most paranoid, non-institutionalized” person he has ever met. Needless to say, I don’t have a Facebook. (However, also needless to say, I am a … Continue reading

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Why Ideas Matter

As I head out to Aspen tomorrow (to the Ideas Festival), I can’t help worrying that I’m both celebrating and somehow fetishizing the notion of “ideas” – treating them like tasty appetizers rather than the main meal of our daily … Continue reading

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Off To Aspen: Where Ideas Matter

I’m headed to Aspen again. Two years ago, I spoke at the Ideas Festival on the 21st Century Child. You can see me on the panel with Amy Chua, Ellen Galinsky, and Larry Cohen here, talking about the Goal of … Continue reading

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College Sex: 50 Shades of Black and White

College sexual assault is a big topic in the news these days, but, unfortunately, it’s being covered by a lot of people who have exchanged reason for polemic, so I’m jumping into the fray again to share a piece I wrote about the sexual climate … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap: How Education Inequality Holds Us Back

My post at WBUR’s Cognoscenti: The achievement gap is more than a symptom of growing inequality in the United States — it’s one of the causes as well.  Inequality is rising on many fronts in the United States. The gap … Continue reading

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Aaron Alexis and the Threat of the Loner

Here’s an Op-Ed I wrote with my husband in Friday’s Washington Post: In seeking to find out what led to the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, we must ask the right questions. What features of American society make us more prone … Continue reading

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Snake Away: How I cured my phobia and learned to face fear

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hated snakes. Really. Hated. Snakes. Some of my earliest memories involve unpleasant encounters with snakes. At the tender age of six, I found my cat wrestling with a large, thrashing snake in … Continue reading

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The Kids Are Still Alright

I lost the blogging mojo a while ago, (about which more here), mainly because I’ve started a wonderful new job at Yale, as a lecturer in the Yale Child Study Center. My editor has dropped some gentle hints about … Continue reading

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What We Need To See When We Look At Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

My piece today on the Rolling Stone cover controversy: The knee jerk boycotts in response to this week’s Rolling Stone cover story about Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar ‘Jahar’ Tsarnaev, are helping no one. If we want to break the cycle of mass homicide and terror, we … Continue reading

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