Peter Bearman


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2005    Bearman, Peter. Doormen. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

  • Reviewed in: New York Times, New Yorker, Philadelphia Inquirer, American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Ethnologist, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Work and Occupations.

“Chapter 6: The Bonus.” Reprinted in Ethnography in Context. Dick Hobbs (ed.). 2011. London, UK: Sage Publications.

“Chapter 2: Serving time.” Reprinted in The Urban Ethnography Reader, Mitch Duneier et al, ed. 2013. Oxford University Press.

1993    Bearman, Peter. Relations into Rhetorics: Local Elite Social Structure in Norfolk, England, 1540-1640. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press

  • Reviewed in: American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Social Forces, English Historical Review, American Historical Review, Albion

Edited Books

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.

  • Reviewed in: The Washington Post, Health and Medicine Week, Health Affairs, Journal of       Economic Affairs, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews

2011    Clark, Mary Marshall, Peter Bearman, Kate Ellis, and Stephen Drury Smith (eds.). After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years that Followed. New York, NY: The New Press.

  • Reviewed in: The New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Publishers Weekly, Atlantic Monthly

2009    Hedström, Peter and Peter Bearman (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology. Oxford, UK and New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

  • Reviewed in: European Sociological Review (Symposium), JASS, Philosophy of the Social     Sciences, Revista, Sociologica, Acta Sociological, Contemporary Sociology

Journals (special issues)

2008    Bearman, Peter (ed.). Exploring Genetics and Social Structure. American Journal of Sociology. 114(S1).

  • Reviewed in: The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wilson Quarterly

Articles (peer reviewed, *=corresponding author)

2016    Lee, BK and Peter Bearman. Important Matters in Political Context. Sociological Science. 

2016    King, Marissa and Bearman, Peter. Gifts and Influence: Conflict of interest Policies and Prescribing of Psychotropic Medications n the United States. Social Science and Medicine.

2016    Makovi, Kinga, Ryan Hagen, and Peter Bearman. The Course of Law: State Intervention in Southern Lynch Mob Violence 1882–1930. Sociological Science. DOI: 10.15195/v2.a19

 2015    Zerubavel, Noam*, Peter Bearman*, Jochen Weber, Kevin Ocschner. Neural Mechanisms Tracking Popularity in Real-World Social Networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.  November 23, 2015.

2015    Rule, Alix, Jean-Phillipe Cointet, and Peter Bearman*. Lexical shifts, substantive changes, and continuity in State of the Union discourse, 1790–2014. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. August, 2015.

2015    Cheslack-Postava, K; K. Liu, E. Susser, A. Winter, and P.S Bearman*. Can Sibling Sex Ratios be used as a valid test of the prenatal androgen hypothesis of autism spectrum disorders? PLOS-1. October 23, 2015.

2015    Makovi, K, A. Winter, KY Liu, and Peter Bearman*. The Population Level Impacts of Differential Fertility Behavior of Parents of Children with AutismSociological Science. 2:398-419.

2015    Fountain, Christine, Yujia Zhang, Dmitry M. Kissin, Laura A. Schieve, Denise J. Jamieson, Catherine Rice, Peter Bearman*. Association Between ART Conception and Autism in California, 1997-2007. American Journal of Public Health.

2015    Hoffman, Mark Anthony and Peter Bearman*. "Bringing Anomie Back in: Exceptional Events and Excess Suicide”. Sociological Science.

2015    Laura A Schieve*, Christine Fountain, Sheree L Boulet, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Dmitry M          Kissin, Denise J Jamieson, Catherine Rice, Peter Bearman. “Does Autism Diagnosis Age or        Symptom Severity Differ Among Children According to Whether Assisted Reproductive Technology was used to Achieve Pregnancy?Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. pp1-13. PMID: 25997596

2014    Kissin, DM*, Yujia Zhang, Christine Fountain, Peter Bearman and LA. Schieve. Association of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Treatment and Parental Infertility Diagnosis With Autism in ART-Conceived Children”. Human Reproduction. 30(2):454-65

2013    Hagen, Ryan, Kinga Makovi, and Peter Bearman* “The Influence of Political Dynamics on Southern Lynch Mob Formation and Lethality." Social forces 92 (2), 757-787.

2013    King, Marissa, Connor Essick, Peter Bearman*, and Joseph S. Ross. "Medical school gift restriction policies and physician prescribing of newly marketed psychotropic medications: difference-in-differences analysis." BMJ: British Medical Journal 346 (2013).

2013    Bearman, Peter*.  “Genes Can Point to Environments That Matter to Advance Public Health."          American Journal of Public Health: October 2013, Vol. 103, No. S1, pp. S11-S13.

2013    Hansen, Helena*, Zoe Donaldson, Bruce Link, Peter Bearman et al. “Independent Review Of             Social And Population Variation In Mental Health Could Improve Diagnosis In DSM Revisions”.” Health Affairs.  32, NO. 5

2012    Liu, Ka-Yuet and Peter S. Bearman*. Focal Points, Endogenous Processes, and Exogenous  Shocks in the Autism Epidemic. Sociological Methods and Research. 11.05. Published on     line: doi: 10.1177/0049124112460369  

2012    Mazumdar S, Winter, A, Liu, K-Y, and PS Bearman*. “Spatial clusters of autism births and diagnoses point to contextual drivers of increased prevalence.” Social Science and Medicine. Dec 8. pii: S0277-9536(12)00793-9. doi: 10.1016/j.

2012    Mazumdar S, Liu K-Y, Susser E, Bearman PS* (2012) The Disappearing Seasonality of Autism      Conceptions in California. PLoS ONE 7(7): e41265. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041265

2012    Fountain, Christine, Alix Winter, and Peter S. Bearman*. “Dynamic Trajectories of Children with Autism.” Pediatrics. 129(5):e111-e112

2012    Bearman, Peter. “On analytical sociology.”. Sociologica. 6.1.

2011    Keyes, Kerry, Ezra Susser, Keely Cheslak-Postava, Christine Fountain, 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; doi: 10.1093/ije/dyr193

2014    Keyes, Kerry, Ezra Susser, Keely Cheslak-Postava, Christine Fountain, Ka-Yuet Liu, and Peter Bearman*. Authors' Response to comments: Int. J. Epidemiol. (2013) 42 (5): 1521 doi:10.1093/ije/dyt030

2013    Keyes, Kerry, Ezra Susser, Keely Cheslak-Postava, Christine Fountain, Ka-Yuet Liu, and Peter Bearman*. Authors’ Response to comments: International Journal of Epidemiology, 2014, 1–2. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyu214

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, Kayuet, Noam Zerubavel, and Peter Bearman*. “Social Demographic Change and Autism.” Demography. 47(2): 327-343.

2010    Liu, Ka-Yuet, Marissa King, and Peter S. Bearman*. “Social Influence and the Autism Epidemic.” American Journal of Sociology. 115(5): 1387-1434.

  • Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award, Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, 2010-11

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. 

  • Best Article, ISS Paper Competition, 2010-12 

2012.   Shwed, Uri and Peter S..Bearman*.  Response to comment: “Symmetry is Beautiful.” American Sociological Review. 77(6) 1064-1069.

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

 2009    Bearman, Peter* and Marissa King. “Author’s Response to Commentaries on Diagnostic Accretion and the Increased Prevalence of Measured Autism.” International Journal of Epidemiology. 38(5): 1243-1244.

2009    King, Marissa D., Christine Fountain, D. Dakhlallah, and Peter S. Bearman*. “Estimated Autism Risk and Older Reproductive Age.” American Journal of Public Health. 99(9): 1673-1679

2009 “King et al. Respond.” American Journal of Public 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    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

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

2006    Erikson, 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* 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.

1999    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. 

2015    Rule, Alix and Peter Bearman. “Culture and Networks.” Hanquiet, L and M. Savage (eds). Handbook of Cultural Sociology. Chapter 10. Routledge, London England.

2011    Bearman, Peter. “The Roots of the Vaccine Panic.” American Prospect. March 5.

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.

2004Bearman, Peter S., 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.

2004    Bearman, Peter S. “Should Management be a Profession?” Qn. 1: 88-94.

2003    Brückner, Hannah and Peter S. Bearman. “Dating Behavior and Sexual Activity among Young Adolescents.” 14 and Younger: The Sexual Behavior of Young Adolescents. Bill Albert, Sarah Brown, and Christine M. Flanigan (eds.). Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent 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. 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 New Research 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., Jo Jones, and J. Richard 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 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 Wellman and 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