Peter Bearman is the Director of INCITE, 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).

Selected Work


Journals (Special Issues)

Articles (Peer Reviewed)

Book Chapters, Technical Reports, Small Articles, Book Reviews, etc.

  • 2011    Bearman, Peter S. “The Roots of the Vaccine Panic”. American Prospect. March.
  • 2010    Bearman, Peter S. “Dante: The afterworlds are hell for sociologists”, in Rydrgren, Jens and     Christoph Edling (eds). The Sociological Thought of Great Thinkers
  • 2010    Lovasi, Gina .S., adams, jimi., Bearman, Peter.  "Social Support, Sex and Food: A Chapter on Social   Networks and Health." Handbook for Medical Sociology, 6th Edition Ed. Bird, C., Fremont, A., Timmermans, S., and Conrad, P. Vanderbilt University Press.
  • 2008    Bearman, Peter S.  “Exploring Genetics and Social Structure”. American Journal of Sociology. Vol 114:S1:v-x.
  • 2008    Bearman, Peter S. “How I became an Historical Sociologist, Not”. Comparative Historical Sociology Newsletter. May.
  • 2007    Bearman, Peter S. “Should Management be a Profession”? Q (v1:88-94). Yale School of Management. New Haven, CT
  • 2004    Bearman, Peter S, Katherine Stovel, James Moody, and Lisa Thalji. The Structure of Sexual Networks and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, in Network Epidemiology: A Handbook For Survey Design and Data Collection. Martina Morris (ed.). Oxford University Press. 
  • 2003    Brückner, Hannah and Peter S. Bearman  “Dating Behavior and Sexual Activity Among Young Adolescents”, in Albert, W. S. Brown and C. Flanagan (eds) Fourteen and Younger: The Sexual Behavior of Young Adolescents.  National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy.  Washington, D.C.
  • 1999    Bearman, Peter S. and Hannah Brückner. Power in Numbers: Peer Effects on Adolescent Girls’ Sexual Debut and Pregnancy. National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Research Monographs. Washington, D.C.
  • 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”, in Peer Potential: Making the Most of How Teens Influence Each Other. National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Washington, D.C.
  • 1997    Bearman, Peter S. and Hannah Brückner. “Peer Effects on Adolescent Girls’ Sexual Debut and Pregnancy Risk”. PPFY Network, Vol2. No3.
  • 1998    Bearman, Peter S and Laura Burns. “Adolescents, Health and School: Early Findings From the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.” NASSP Bulletin. Vol. 82:601-23.
  • 1997    Udry, J. Richard and Peter S. Bearman. “New Methods for New Perspectives on Adolescent Sexual Behavior”. In Richard Jessor (ed). New Perspectives on Adolescent Sexual Behavior. Cambridge University Press.
  • 1997    Bearman, PS., J. Jones, and J. R. Udry. “Connections Count: Adolescent Health and the Design of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.”
  • 1997    Bearman, Peter S, James Moody, and Katherine Stovel. “The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health: Social Networks Codebook.” (
  • 1996    Bearman, Peter S and Katherine Stovel. “The Structure of Proportionality Review in NC Capital Cases”. North Carolina Legal Assistance.
  • 1996    Bearman, Peter S. “Freak Show.” By Joseph Bogdan. American Journal of Sociology.
  • 1995    Bearman, Peter S. “The Logics of Social Structure.” by K.M. Kontopoulos. Contemporary Sociology.
  • 1993    Bearman, Peter S. “Forecasting Prison Population in North Carolina.” North Carolina Prisoner’s Assistance.
  • 1992    Bearman, Peter S. “Aids and Sociology”. Primis. McGraw Hill.
  • 1992    Bearman, Peter. S. “Issues and Alternatives in Comparative Social Research”. by Charles Ragin. Contemporary Sociology.
  • 1992    Bearman, Peter S. “The AIDS Disaster: The Failure of Organizations in New York and the Nation.” by Charles Perrow and Mauro F. Guillen. American Journal of Sociology.
  • 1991    Bearman, Peter S. “A Matter of Record: Documentary Sources in Social Research.” by John Scott. Contemporary Sociology.
  • 1989    Bearman, Peter S. “From Manor to Market: Structural Change in England, 1526-1640.” By Richard Lachmann. Contemporary Sociology.
  • 1989    Bearman, Peter. S. “Social Structures: A Network Approach.” By Wellman, B. and S. Berkowitz, ed. American Journal of Sociology.
  • 1988    Bearman, Peter S. “Social Organization of an Urban Grants Economy”. By J. Galaskiewicz. Social Forces.
  • 1988.   Bearman, Peter S. “Emile Durkheim”, in the New Palgrave Encyclopedia of Economics. M. Milgate, ed. Oxford University Press.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010-12  The Dynamics of Psychotropic Prescription Patterns in the United States. NIH. Principal Investigator. ~150,000
  • 2007-12  The Social Determinants of the Autism Epidemic. NIH Pioneer Award. Principal Investigator. ~2,500,000
  • 2007-13  Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in the Social Sciences.  Mellon Foundation. Principal Investigator. ~450,000
  • 2006-08 Healthy Adolescent Relationships: Temporal Dynamics, Normative Scripts and the Transition to Sex. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Grant. Principal Investigator. ~275,000
  • 2003-05 Transformations in Elite Recruitment Structures of the American Administrative State. National Science Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator. SES 03-21561.  ~150,000
  • 2001-11 Health and Society Scholars Program. Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator. ~10,000,000
  • 2001-03 Narrative Networks: Oral Histories of the WTC Disaster. National Science Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator.  ~50,000
  • 2001-03 Narrative Networks: Oral Histories of the WTC Disaster. Rockefeller Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator.  ~300,000
  • 1998 Peer Influence and Adolescent Pregnancy. National Campaign for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy. Principal Investigator.  ~25,000
  • 1997 The Transition to First Intercourse. Office of Population Affairs. National Institutes of Health. Co-Principal Investigator.  ~50,000
  • 1993-97 The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Co-Investigator. National Institute for Child Health and Development. Co-Investigator.  ~34,000,000
  • 1993-97 Adolescent Social Networks and HIV Transmission. National Institute of Child Health and Development. Principal Investigator.  ~650,000
  • 1993  Demographic Response to a Changing Environment. National Institute of Child Health and Development.  Co-Investigator.  ~250,000
  • 1993  Modeling Life Histories.  University Research Council.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Principal Investigator.  ~10,000
  • 1991  Risk Behaviors for AIDS and Pregnancy in Adolescence. National Institute of Child Health Development.  Co-Investigator.  ~200,000
  • 1991 The Sociology of AIDS. Lupton Opportunity Fund. Institute of Research for Social Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  ~10,000

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