Prof. Hilary Levey Friedman is a sociologist and expert on beauty pageants, childhood and parenting, competitive afterschool activities, and popular culture who teaches courses in the Department of Education at Brown University. She holds degrees from Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Cambridge.
Her book, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, follows families with elementary school-age children involved in chess, dance, and soccer covering the history of the activities, what they mean to parents and children, and implications for inequality and gender in the educational system. She often speaks to parent groups on this topic.
Prof. Levey Friedman serves on the Public Policy Committee of the United Way of Rhode Island. She is also an active book reviewer and volunteer CASA. She is the former Chair of the East Greenwich Democratic Town Committee and member of the East Greenwich Affordable Housing Commission.
Prof. Levey Friedman can intelligently comment on stories about topics including afterschool activities, the American family, beauty pageants, competition, sports, dance competitions, reality television, parenting, scholastic chess, working children, and youth sports injuries. She holds degrees from Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Cambridge (as a Gates Cambridge Scholar).
Book review: At age 60, pursuing her dream of dancing in the ballet.
The Providence Journal. 2016;
|Book review: The transformative power of high school sports. The Providence Journal. 2016;|
Review of Intensive Motherhood.
Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews. 2016;
The Relative Age Effect on Youth Sports Injuries.
Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise. 2016;
|A Closer Look at Overuse Injuries in the Pediatric Athlete. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2015; 25 (1) : 30-35.|
And the Winner Is… Miss Universe 2016: Dream Fulfillment and Social Roles.
Psychology Today. 2015;
Laboring Over Children's Work.
WSQ. 2015; 43 (Child) : 308-11.
|“Youth soccer’s case of the missing $195,000: Did one Framingham United youth soccer dad really help himself to daily Dunkin’ Donuts, vacations, and piles of club cash?”. The Boston Globe. 2015;|
Book Review: Amy Ogata’s Designing the Creative Child: Playthings and Places in Midcentury America..
Journal of American Studies. 2014; 48 (3) : 82.
|Stracciolini A, Casciano R, Levey Friedman H, Stein CJ, Meehan WP 3rd, Micheli LJ Pediatric sports injuries: a comparison of males versus females.. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 42 (4) : 965-72.|
|After-school Activities Make Educational Inequality Even Worse. The Atlantic. 2013;|
|Children and Competitiveness. 2013;|
Competitive Kids: College admissions game starts early.
Education Next. 2013; 14 (1) : 96.
|Stracciolini A, Casciano R, Levey Friedman H, Meehan WP 3rd, Micheli LJ Pediatric sports injuries: an age comparison of children versus adolescents.. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2013; 41 (8) : 1922-9.|
Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture.
|The Problem with Prize Culture. Time. 2013;|
|The Wild, Unregulated Business of After-School Programs.. The New Republic. 2013;|
|There She Is, Miss America: Big Money to Be Made. The New York Times. 2013; : 8.|
|Tiger Girls on the Soccer Field. Contexts. 2013; 12 (4) : 30-35.|
|Battle of the Whack-Job Sports Parents. Boston Magazine. 2012; : 22.|
Outside Class: A Historical Analysis of American Children’s Competitive Activities.
2010; : 342-354.
|Reality TV kids need the law on their side. USA Today. 2010;|
Trophies, Triumphs, and Tears: Children’s Experiences with Competitive Activities.
Sociological Studies of Children and Youth. 2010; : 319-349.
|Pageant Princesses and Math Whizzes: Understanding Children’s Activities as a Form of Children’s Work.. Childhood. 2009; 16 (2) : 195-212.|
Which One is Yours?: Children and Ethnography.
Qualitative Sociology. 2009; 32 (3) : 311-331.
|2003||MPhil||University of Cambridge|
|Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy||2009-2011|
Fall 2015: Beauty Pageants in American Society (seminar)
Spring 2016: Sports in American Society (lecture)
Spring 2017: Beauty Pageants in American Society and Sports in American Society
Fall 2017: The Afterschool Hours (First Year Seminar)
Advised Theses and Independent Studies in the following departments: American Studies; Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations; Education; History.
|AMST 1600D - Sports in American Society|
|AMST 1906H - Beauty Pageants in American Society|
|EDUC 0410G - The Afterschool Hours|