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Peter Bearman

Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Innovation Theories and Empirics (INCITE)

Peter Bearman is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovation Theories and Empirics (INCITE) and the Cole Professor of Social Science in the Department of Sociology. He was previously Director of the Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Health & Society Scholars Program. Additionally, Bearman 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.


  • Handbook of Analytical Sociology (Oxford University Press, 2009), edited with Peter Hedstrom
  • Doormen: Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries (University of Chicago Press, 2005)
  • Relations into Rhetorics: Local Elite Social Structure in Norfolk, England, 1540-1640 (Rutgers, 1993)