Joan DelFattore has published dozens of articles as well as three books with Yale University Press: What Johnny Shouldn't Read: Textbook Censorship in America (1992), The Fourth R: Conflicts Over Religion in America's Public Schools (2004), and Knowledge in the Making: Academic Freedom and Free Speech in America's Schools and Universities (2010). She received the American Library Association's Eli M. Oboler award for What Johnny Shouldn't Read, and her work has won awards from the Spencer Foundation, the Gustavus Myers Center, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union (Delaware), among others. She's appeared on dozens of talk shows, notably 20/20, The Diane Rehm Show, Radio Times, Talk of the Nation, and Fresh Air. She holds a Ph.D. in English and an M.S. in clinical psychology from Penn State.
Since retiring from a professorship in English and legal studies at the University of Delaware, Dr. DelFattore has been writing about living as a single woman, including but not limited to the social bias that patients without current partners may encounter in health care. In November 2017, she gave a TEDx talk, "Sick While Single? Don't Die of Discrimination." Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post (reprinted in the Herald Tribune), KevinMD (reprinted in The Medical Republic), Singular Magazine, Psychology Today, Psych Central, and Quartz (co-authored with Bella DePaulo).
Dr. DelFattore has been a Scholar in Residence at the New York Public Library and is an active member of the Authors Guild, PEN America, the Cosmos Club, Mystery Writers of America, the International Women's Forum, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Rotary International. She divides her time between her home in Delaware and New York City.