Ruth Nemzoff
Scholar, Activist, and Counselor

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff  is currently a resident scholar at The Brandeis University’s Women’s studies Research Center and adjunct assistant professor at Bentley College. In her various roles as scholar, activist, and counselor she continuously endeavors to shed light on the fundamentally important relationships in people’s lives. Her wisdom and expertise on a remarkable range of topics such as family dynamics, gender, women in the workplace, communication, mothering, and Jewish education, to name but a few, is truly unique.


She is the author of Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws into Family and Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with your Adult Children, both of which teach readers how to navigate familial relations and strengthen bonds among relatives.


She has also published articles about environmental advertising and women in business and politics. Dr. Nemzoff served on the boards of the NH United Way, NH Business Development Corporation, Boston’s Jewish Family and Children’s Services and of Newbury College. She worked with the NH Governor’s Commission on the status of Women, and Commission for the Handicapped. She founded a nursery school, a counseling service, and the National Women’s Legislative Lobby. Currently, she serves as the chair of the advisory committee, Center for Women and Politics, University of Massachusetts. In 2007, she received the Millicent McIntosh Award for life time contributions to Feminism from Barnard College of Columbia University.


Nemzoff majored in American studies at Barnard College, and earned master’s degrees in counseling from Columbia University and in Social Policy at Harvard University. Her experience as a Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a grass roots organizer, a counselor, and as a professor have given her a remarkable breadth of skill and knowledge.

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Don't Roll Your Eyes
Making In-Laws into Family
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More than two million couples wed every year in the United States, bringing together a whole new family unit. The extended family may now include a hard to...

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Don't Bite Your Tongue
How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with your Adult Children
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Parents make enormous sacrifices helping children become healthy and autonomous adults. And when children are older, popular wisdom advises parents to let go,...

Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How To Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children: Ruth speaks widely on her new book, and how children and parents can foster stronger, more honest relationships.
Emerging Adulthood: What Is It, And How to Cope With It: Ruth's presentation on adolescence and how parents and children can handle this difficult time in their lives.
Welcoming Works: Nemzoff's discussion of Jewish intermarriage and how it can be a positive force for the Jewish community.

Praise for Don't Roll Your Eyes “Offering plentiful composite case studies, the fair-minded, inclusive, and congenial Nemzoff doesn’t promise quick solutions and realizes some problems are unsolvable, but she focuses on helpful ways to improve relationships that with time and effort can be fixed.”
--Publishers Weekly

“Family therapists know that the main difference between humans and animals is that humans maintain relationships with their in-laws. Ruth Nemzoff’s Don’t Roll Your Eyes is a trenchant and insightful exploration of that species-specific behavior.”
--Brad Sachs, PhD, author of Emptying the Nest

"Indispensable advice! Ruth Nemzoff’s recipe for healthy in-law relationships rests on impeccable research and a wealth of real-life experience, but it is also well-seasoned with a depth of wisdom and common sense that is truly exceptional. Her straightforward strategies make this book the perfect wedding gift—not just for the bride and groom but for their parents and siblings too."
--Gina Stepp, Family and Relationships Editor—Vision Media