Ph.D., Harvard, 1985
Peter Bearman is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theories and Empirics (INCITE), the Cole Professor of Social Science, and Co-Director of the Health & Society Scholars Program. A recipient of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2007, Bearman is currently investigating the social determinants of the autism epidemic.
A specialist in network analysis, he co-designed the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. He has also conducted research in historical sociology, including Relations into Rhetorics: Local Elite Social Structure in Norfolk, England, 1540-1640 (Rutgers, 1993). He is the author of Doormen (University of Chicago Press, 2005).
He is an editor of the Handbook of Analytical Sociology (Oxford University Press, 2009) and edits (with Peter Hedstrom) a series on analytical sociology at the Princeton University Press.
2011 Bearman, Peter, Kathryn M. Neckerman,and Leslie Wright (eds.). After Tobacco: What would Happen if Americans Stopped Smoking? New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
2011 Clark, Mary Marshall, Peter Bearman, Kate Ellis, and Stephen Drury Smith (eds.). After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001and the Years that Followed. New York, NY: The New Press.
2009 Hedström, Peter and Peter Bearman (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology. Oxford, UK and New York, NY: OxfordUniversity Press.
2005 Bearman, Peter.Doormen. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.1993 Bearman, Peter. Relations into Rhetorics: Local Elite Social Structure in Norfolk, England, 1540-1640.New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Journals (special issues)
2008 Bearman, Peter (ed.). Exploring Genetics and Social Structure. American Journal of Sociology. 114(S1).
Articles (peer reviewed, *=corresponding author)
2012 Fountain, Christine, Alix Winter, and Peter S. Bearman*. “Dynamic Trajectories of Children withAutism.” Pediatrics.
2012 Liu, Ka-Yuet and Peter S. Bearman*. “Focal Points, Endogenous Processes and Exogenous Shocks in the Autism Epidemic.” Sociological Methods and Research.
2012 Mazumdar, Soumya, Ka-Yuet Liu, Ezra Susser, and Peter S. Bearman*. “The Disappearing Seasonality of Autism Conceptions.”PLoS ONE.
2011 Keyes, Kerry, Ezra Susser, Keely Cheslak-Postava, ChristineFountain, Ka-Yuet Liu, Soumya Mazumdar, and Peter Bearman*. “Age, Period, and Cohort Effects in Autism Incidence in California from 1994 to 2005.” International Journal of Epidemiology.
2011 Cheslack-Postava, Keely, Kayuet Liu, and Peter S. Bearman*. “Closely Spaced Pregnancies are Associated with Increased Odds of Autism in Sibling Births.” Pediatrics.127(2): 246-253.
2011 Fountain, Christine and Peter Bearman*. “Risk as Social Context: Immigration Policy and Autism in California.” Sociological Forum. 26(2): 215-240.
2011 King, Marissa D. and Peter S. Bearman*. “Socioeconomic Status and the Increased Prevalence of Autism in California.” American Sociological Review. 76(2): 320-346.
2010 Bearman, Peter. “Just-so Stories: Vaccines, Autism, and the Single-bullet Disorder.” Social Psychological Quarterly. 73(2): 112-115.
2010 Liu, Ka-Yuet, Marissa King, and Peter S. Bearman*. “Social Influence and the Autism Epidemic.”American Journal of Sociology. 115(5): 1387-1434.
(Awarded Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award, Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, 2010-11)
2010 Liu, Kayuet, Noam Zerubavel, and Peter Bearman*. “Social Demographic Change and Autism.”Demography. 47(2): 327-343.
2010 Mazumdar, Soumya, Marissa King, Ka-Yuet Liu, Noam Zerubavel, and Peter Bearman*. “The Spatial Structure of Autism in California, 1993-2001.” Health and Place. 16(3): 539-546.
2010 Fountain, Christine, Marissa D. King, and Peter S. Bearman*. “Age of Diagnosis for Autism: Individual and Community Factors across 10 Birth Cohorts.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 65(6): 503-510.
2010 Shwed, Uri*and Peter S. Bearman. “The Temporal Structure of Scientific Consensus Formation.” American Sociological Review. 75(6): 817-840.
(AwardedBest Article, ISS Paper Competition, 2010-12)
2009 King, Marissa and Peter Bearman*. “Diagnostic Change and Increased Prevalence of Autism.” International Journal of Epidemiology. 38(5):1224-1234.
(Top Ten Autism Discoveries,Autism Speaks)
Bearman, Peter* and Marissa King. 2009. “Author’s Response Commentaries on Diagnostic Accretion and the Increased Prevalence of Measured Autism.”International Journal of Epidemiology. 38(5):1243-1244.
2009 King, MarissaD., Christine Fountain, Diana Dakhlallah, and Peter S. Bearman*. “Estimated Autism Risk and Older Reproductive Age.” American Journal of Public Health. 99(9): 1673-1679
“King et al. Respond.” American Journal ofPublic Health.100(3): 390.
2008 Bearman, Peter.“Robin Williams and the Long Twentieth Century of American Sociology … or Back to the Future.” Sociological Forum. 23(2): 390-396.
2008 Parigi, Paolo and Peter S. Bearman*. “Spaghetti Politics: Local Electoral Systems and Alliance Structure in Italy, 1984-2001.” Social Forces. 87(2): 623-649.
2007 Baldassarri, Delia and Peter Bearman*. “Dynamics of Political Polarization.” American Sociological Review. 72(5): 784-811.
(Outstanding Article Publication Award, Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, 2006-07)
2007 Weiss, Christopher C.* and Peter S. Bearman. “Fresh Starts: Reinvestigating the Effects of the Transition to High School on Student Outcomes.” American Journal of Education. 113(3): 395-421.
2006 Erickson, Emily and Peter Bearman*. “Malfeasance and the Foundations for Global Trade: The Structure of English Trade in the East Indies, 1601-1833.” American Journal of Sociology. 112(1): 195-230.
2005 Brückner, Hannah* and Peter Bearman. “After the Promise: The STD Consequences of Adolescent Virginity Pledges.” Journal of Adolescent Health. 36(4): 271-278
2004 Bearman, Peter* and Paolo Parigi. “Cloning Headless Frogs and other Important Matters: Conversation Topics and Network Structure.” Social Forces. 83(2): 535-557.
2004 Bearman, Peter S.* and James Moody. “Suicide and Friendships among American Adolescents.” American Journal of Public Health. 94(1): 89-95.
2004 Bearman, Peter S*, James Moody, and Katherine Stovel. “Chains of Affection: The Structure of Adolescent Romantic and Sexual Networks.” American Journal of Sociology. 110(1): 44-91
(Awarded Roger V. Gould Prize, American Journal of Sociology, 2004-05)
2004 Brückner, Hannah, Anne Martin, and Peter S. Bearman*. “Ambivalence and Pregnancy: Adolescents’ Attitudes, Contraception Use and Pregnancy.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 36(6): 248-257.
2002 Bearman, Peter S.* and Hannah Brückner. “Opposite-Sex Twins and Adolescent Same-Sex Attraction.” American Journal of Sociology. 107(5): 1179-1205.
2002 Bearman, Peter S.*, James Moody, and Robert Faris. “Networks and History.” Complexity. 8(1): 61-71.
2001 Bearman, Peter S.* and Hannah Brückner. “Promising the Future: Virginity Pledges and First Intercourse.” American Journal of Sociology. 106(4): 859-912.
2001 Savage, Mike*, Katherine Stovel, and Peter Bearman. “Class Formation and Localism in an Emerging Bureaucracy: British Bank Workers, 1880-1960.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 25 (2): 284-300.
2000 Bearman, Peter S.* and Katherine Stovel. “Becoming a Nazi: A Model for Narrative Networks.” Poetics. 27(2-3): 69-90.
1999 Bearman, Peter*, Robert Faris, and James Moody. “Blocking the Future: New Solutions for Old Problems in Historical Social Science.” Social Science History. 23(4): 501-533
1999 Ford, Carol A.*, Peter S. Bearman, and James Moody. “Foregone Health Care among Adolescents.” Journal of the American Medical Association. 282(23): 2227-2234.
Ford Carol A.*, Peter S. Bearman, and James Moody. “Access to Health Care for Adolescents-Reply.” Journal of the American Medical Association. 283(16): 2101-2102.
1997 Resnick, Michael D.*, Peter S. Bearman,Robert Wm. Blum, Karl E. Bauman, Kathleen M. Harris, Jo Jones, Joyce Tabor, Trish Beuhring, Renee E. Sieving, Marcia Shew, Marjorie Ireland, Linda H. Bearinger, and J. Richard Udry. “Protecting Adolescents from Harm: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health.” Journal of the American Medical Association. 278(10): 823-832.
1997 Bearman, Peter. “Generalized Exchange.” American Journal of Sociology. 102(5):1383-1415.
1997 Kim, Hyojoung* and Peter S. Bearman*. “The Structure and Dynamics of Movement Participation.” American Sociological Review. 62(1): 70-93.
1996 Stovel, Katherine W, Michael Savage, and Peter S. Bearman*. “Ascription into Achievement: Models of Career Systems at Lloyds Bank, 1890-1970.” American Journal of Sociology. 102(2): 358-399.
1993 Bearman, Peter S.* and Kevin D. Everett. “The Structure of Social Protest, 1961-1983.” Social Networks. 15(2): 171-200.
1992 Bearman, Peter S.* and Glenn Deane. “The Structure of Opportunity: Middle Class Mobility in England, 1548-1689.” American Journal of Sociology. 98(1): 30-66.
1991 Bearman, Peter S. “Desertion as Localism: Army Unit Solidarity and Group Norms in the U.S.Civil War.” Social Forces. 70(2): 321-342.
1991 Bearman, Peter S. “The Social Structure of Suicide.” Sociological Forum. 6(3): 501-524.
Book chapters, technical reports, small articles, book reviews, etc. (some)
2011 Bearman, Peter. “The Roots of the Vaccine Panic.” American Prospect. March5.
2011 Bearman, Peter S. “Dante Alighieri: The Afterworlds are Hell for Sociologists.”Sociological Insights of Great Thinkers: Sociology through Literature, Philosophy, and Science. Christofer Edling and Jens Rydgren (eds.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
2010 Lovasi, Gina S., Jimi Adams, and Peter S. Bearman.“Social Support, Sex, and Food:Social Networks and Health.” Handbook of ical Sociology, Sixth Edition. Chole E. Bird, Peter Conrad, Allen M. Fremont, and Stefan Timmermans (eds.). Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.
2008 Bearman, Peter. “Introduction: Exploring Genetics and Social Structure.” American Journal of Sociology.114(S1):v-x.
2004 Bearman, Peter. “How I Became an Historical Sociologist, Not.”Trajectorries: Newsletter of the ASA Comparative and Historical Sociology Section. 19(2): 24-25.
2004 Bearman, Peter S. “Should Management be a Profession?”Q. 1: 88-94.
2004 Bearman, PeterS., James Moody, Katherine Stovel, and Lisa Thalji. “Social and Sexual Networks: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.”Network Epidemiology: A Handbook for Survey Design and Data Collection. Martina Morris (ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
2003 Brückner, Hannah and Peter S. Bearman. “Dating Behavior and Sexual Activity among Young Adolescents.” 14and Younger: The Sexual Behavior of Young Adolescents. Bill Albert, Sarah Brown, and Christine M. Flanigan (eds.). Washington, DC: National Campaign toPrevent Teen Pregnancy. Washington,
1999 Bearman, Peter S. and Hannah Brückner. Power in Numbers: Peer Effects on Adolescent Girls’ Sexual Debut and Pregnancy.Washington, DC:National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
1999 Bearman, Peter S.and Hannah Brückner. “Peer Effects on Adolescent Girls’ Sexual Debut and Pregnancy: An Analysis of a National Sample of Adolescent Girls.” Peer Potential: Making the Most of How Teens Influence Each Other. Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
1999 Bearman, Peter S. and Hannah Brückner. “Peer Effects on Adolescent Girls’ Sexual Debut and Pregnancy Risk.” Pregnancy Prevention for Youth Network. 2(3): 3-4.
1998 Bearman, Peter S. and Laura J. Burns. “Adolescents, Health, and School: Early Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.” NASSP Bulletin. 82(1): 1-12.
1998 Udry, J. Richard and Peter S. Bearman. “New Methods for NewResearch on Adolescent Sexual Behavior.” New Perspectives on Adolescent Risk Behavior. Richard Jessor (ed.). Cambridge, UK and New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
1997 Bearman, Peter S., JoJones, and J. RichardUdry. Connections Count: Adolescent Health and the Design of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.(www.cpc.unc.edu/addhealth).
1997 Bearman, Peter S., James Moody, and Katherine Stovel. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health: Social Networks Codebook. (www.cpc.unc.edu/addhealth).
1996 Bearman, Peter S.and Katherine Stovel. The Practice of Proportionality Review in North Carolina. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Death Penalty Litigation Center.
1995 Bearman, Peter S. “The Logics of Social Structure” by Kyriakos M. Kontopoulos. Contemporary Sociology. 24(4): 425-427.
1993 Bearman, Peter S. “Forecasting Prison Population in North Carolina.”North Carolina Prisoner’s Assistance.
1993 Bearman, Peter S. “Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit” by Robert Bogdan. Social Forces.72(2): 607-608.
1992 Bearman, Peter.“The AIDS Disaster: The Failure of Organizations in New York and the Nation” by Charles Perrow and Mauro F. Guillen. American Journal of Sociology.97(4): 1177-1179.
1992 Bearman, Peter S. “Aids and Sociology.” Primis.Upper Saddle River, NJ: McGraw Hill.
1992 Bearman, Peter. S. “Issues and Alternatives in Comparative Social Research”by Charles C. Ragin. Contemporary Sociology.21(6): 806-808.
1991 Bearman, Peter S. “A Matter of Record: Documentary Sources in Social Research” by John Scott. Contemporary Sociology. 20(4): 648.
1989 Bearman, Peter. S. “Social Structures: A Network Approach” by Barry Wellmanand S. D. Berkowitz (eds.). American Journal of Sociology.94(6): 1512-1514.
1988 Bearman, Peter.“From Manor to Market: Structural Change in England, 1526-1640” by Richard Lachmann. Contemporary Sociology.17(6): 758-759.
1988. Bearman, Peter S. “Emile Durkheim.” New Palgrave Encyclopedia of Economics. M. Milgate(ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
1988 Bearman, Peter S. “Social Organization of an Urban Grants Economy: A Study of Business Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations” by Joseph Galaskiewicz. Social Forces.66(3): 846-847.