Peter Bearman is the Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Sociology, director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theories and Empirics (INCITE), co-director of the Health & Society Scholars Program, and president of the American Assembly, all at Columbia University.
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. He has also conducted research in historical sociology, including Relations into Rhetorics: Local Elite Social Structure in Norfolk, England, 1540-1640 (Rutgers University Press, 1993). He is the author of Doormen (University of Chicago Press, 2005). He is an editor of The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology (Oxford University Press, 2009) and, together with Peter Hedstrom, edits a series on analytical sociology at the Princeton University Press. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science.