Norval D. Glenn is the Ashbel Smith Professor of Sociology and Stiles Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Glenn specializes in family sociology, social change, aging and the life cycle, and survey research methods. His recent research has dealt with the longitudinal course of marital success, the course of psychological well being through the life course, and the effectiveness of the dissemination to lay persons of social science knowledge. He is affiliated with the Council on Families, a New York based centrist think tank concerned with family policy issues in the United States.