Peter Bearman is the Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Social Science in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University and the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics. He was born in 1956 and earned his B.A. in sociology from Brown University before obtaining his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.
Bearman is a proponent of using social network analysis as a method for demographic research, and is an expert in genetic causes for social behavior, adolescent STD risks, adolescent suicidality, virginity pledges, and adolescent sexuality more generally. With his colleague, J. Richard Udry, he began the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which has resulted in over 1,000 research articles, an astounding accomplishment. In 2016, the study was awarded the Golden Goose Award.
A long-time educator in research designs, social networks, and classical social theory, Bearman is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Science. An article he wrote with colleagues, Chains of Affection: The Structure of Adolescent Romantic and Sexual Networks, was honored with the National Institute of Health Director’s Pioneer Award. In 2005, he wrote Doormen, a book written from his sociological research with New York City doormen.
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Peter Shawn Bearman is an American sociologist, notable for his contributions to the fields of adolescent health, research design, structural analysis, textual analysis, oral history and social networks. He is the Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Social Science in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University, the President of the American Assembly at Columbia University, as well as the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics . He is also the founding director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and co-founding director of Columbia's Oral History Master of Arts Program, the first oral history masters program in the country. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008, a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2014, a Guggenheim Fellow in 2016, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2019.Source: Wikipedia
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