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Peter Shawn Bearman

Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Sociology
School: 
School of the Arts
Department: 
Sociology Department
Office: 
701b Knox Hall
Email: 
psb17@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-3094
Appointments
  • Director of the Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences
  • Co-Director of the Health & Society Scholars Program
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Amman
Biography

Peter Bearman is the Director of the Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences, the Cole Professor of Social Science, and Co-Director of the Health & Society Scholars Program. He was the founding director of ISERP, serving from the Institute's launch in 2000 until 2008. 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 and has used the data extensively for research on topics including adolescent sexual networks, networks of disease transmission, and genetic influences on same-sex preference. 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).

Research & Other Works
Article
Can Sibling Sex Ratios Be Used as a Valid Test for the Prenatal Androgen Hypothesis of Autism Spectrum Disorders?
Article
Medical school gift restriction policies and physician prescribing of newly marketed psychotropic medications: difference-in-differences analysis
Article
The Disappearing Seasonality of Autism Conceptions in California
Article
Social Influence and the Autism Epidemic
Article
Exploring Genetics and Social Structure
Article
Fresh Starts: Reinvestigating the Effects of the Transition to High School on Student Outcomes
Article
Malfeasance and the Foundations for Global Trade: The Structure of English Trade in the East Indies, 1601-1833
Article
Chains of Affection: The Structure of Adolescent Romantic and Sexual Networks
Article
Opposite-Sex Twins and Adolescent Same-Sex Attraction
Article
Promising the Future: Virginity Pledges and First Intercourse
Article
Generalized Exchange
Article
Ascription into Achievement: Models of Career Systems at Lloyds Bank, 1890-1970
Review of Social Structures: A Network Approach. Edited by Barry Wellman and S. D. Berkowitz. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988
Article
The Structure of Opportunity: Middle-Class Mobility in England, 1548-1689
Review of The AIDS Disaster: The Failure of Organizations in New York and the Nation. By Charles Perrow and Mauro F. Guillen. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1991
Article
Medical school gift restriction policies and physician prescribing of newly marketed psychotropic medications: difference-in-differences analysis
Article
Implications of Mobility Patterns and HIV Risks for HIV Prevention Among Migrant Market Vendors in Kazakhstan
Report
Spaghetti Politics
Report
Ambivalence and Pregnancy: The Effect of Adolescents' Attitudes on Contraception and Pregnancy
Report
Chains of Affection: The Structure of Adolescent Romantic and Sexual Networks
Report
Dynamics of Political Polarization
Report
Routes into Networks: The Structure of English Trade in the East Indies, 1601-1833
Report
Promising the Future: Virginity Pledges as They Affect Transition to First Intercourse
Report
Fresh Starts: School Form and Student Outcomes
Report
Opposite-Sex Twins and Adolescent Same-Sex Attraction
 
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