Peter Bearman

Peter Bearman
Jonathan R. Cole Professor of the Social Sciences
+1 212 854 3094
Campus Phone: 
212 854 3094
701b Knox Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Areas of Interest: 
Social Networks, Comparative Historical Sociology, Theory, Qualitative Design,
Biographical Note: 

Peter Bearman is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theories and Empirics (INCITE) and the Cole Professor of Social Science at Columbia University. 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 Shamus Khan the "Middle Range" series  at the Columbia University Press.

A recipient of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2007, Bearman investigated the social determinants of the autism epidemic. He is working on the analysis of event and relational sequences, the neural signatures associated with navigating social structure, and qualitative research design. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and the National Academy of Science.

He teaches introductory sociology, qualitative research design, research design, social networks, and classical social theory.