Kay Trimberger earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago. She has taught at a number of universities including Columbia University, Barnard College, Queens College of the City University of New York, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Santa Barbara, and San Jose State University. From 1981 - 2000 she was Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program at Sonoma State University (now the Women's and Gender Studies Department). Currently, Dr. Trimberger is Professor Emerita at Sonoma State and an affiliated scholar at the Institute for the Study of Social Issues at U.C., Berkeley.
For the past fifteen years she has written for a general public. The New Single Woman was published by Beacon Press in Fall 2005 (paperback in 2006), and has been translated and published in Chinese in Taiwan and in Polish in Warsaw. Written in an accessible style for a general audience, the book was widely discussed and reviewed in such popular media as Newsweek, The Chicago Sun Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Psychology Today and Salon.com among others.
She now writes about adoption issues on her blog, Adoption Diaries for Psychology Today. She blogs occasionally on The Huffington Post, and on other sites, and she presents papers and talks at adoption conferences.
Trimberger is the author of two other books, including Intimate Warriors: Writings from a Modern Marriage, 1899 -1944. (The Feminist Press). She has written a number of articles focused on changes in personal life in the twentieth century including: "Women in the Old and New Left: The Evolution of a Politics of Personal Life," Feminist Studies; "Feminism, Men and Modern Love: Greenwich Village, 1900-1925," in Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality; and "Heterosexuality" in The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History. Kay Trimberger has published numerous reviews and review essays on similar topics in The Women's Review of Books, The Nation, Contemporary Sociology, Theory & Society and The Harvard Education Review among others. In addition, she has published journalistic articles in The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, The Chronicle of Higher Education and In These Times.
Professor Trimberger has received research grants and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Murray Research Center at Harvard University, and the California State University among others.
Kay Trimberger lives and writes in Berkeley, California.