Public Sociology

Towards the Fear

In 2014, playwright and NYU drama professor Joe Salvatore wrote a play inspired by my research with Diane that included portrayals of each of us, as well as an interpretive “dance in the data” movement piece depicting our regression results. I learned that I sound just like Bill Walton and that negative binomial models can be graceful.

#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens

Partnering again with Anderson Cooper 360°, Marion Underwood and I conducted a study of how 13 year olds use social media and how involvement with social media related to their social psychological adjustment.

Bullying: It Stops Here

Diane Felmlee and I partnered with CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° to engage in a systematic social network analysis of school bullying and aggression.

A Brave Heart

Appeared in A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

Other Media Coverage

Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: “One piece of research in particular helped me understand why kids bully—how that can be a rational, if unfortunate, choice. Robert Faris at U.C. Davis mapped social networks in a few different high schools, and he showed that kids behaving aggressively—not physically, but socially—use gossip, exclusion, and attacks on other kids’ reputations to help themselves move up the social ladder. It turned out that for most kids, it didn’t work, in terms of increasing status, to attack someone much weaker. But if you picked on someone near you in the social hierarchy who was a possible rival, that often had a social benefit. It is sort of depressing but important to understand, I think. People ask: Why do kids act this way? But kids are doing what anyone would do: maximizing their social influence.”

The Washington Post, Monica Leftwich. “Are You Raising an Internet Bully?” 9-29-2016.

Slate,The Harder They Fall.” 4-1-14.

Harpers Monthly, “Findings,” April 2011.  

The New York Times, KJ Delatonia. “What Works to End Bullying?.” 10-14-2011

The New York Times, “Web of Popularity, Achieved by Bullying.” Tara Parker-Pope, 2-14-11, reprinted in The Seattle Times and The Worcester Telegram.

The Wall Street Journal, “Bullying: Not Just for the Maladjusted!” Christopher Shea, 2-17-11.

The Washington Post, “ Most, least popular kids least likely to bully, study says.” Valerie Strauss, 2/8/11.

Los Angeles Times, Eryn Brown, “ Study Links Teenage Bullying to Social Status .” 2-8-11. Reprinted in Chicago Tribune, The Boston Herald, The Baltimore Sun, and The Arizona Republic

ABC News, Katie Moisse, “Bullied Teen is Driven to Succeed.” 2-8-11.

Time.  “Why Kids Bully:  Because They’re Popular.” Belinda Luscombe, 2-8-11.

CNN. “Kids and Aggression:  Popularity Matters.” Elizabeth Landau, 2-8-11.

The Atlantic, Elspeth Reeve. “ The Most Popular Kids are like Benign Dictators .”  2-15-11.

US News and World Report, “ Bullying May Accompany Drive to be Popular.” Jenifer Goodwin, 2-8-11. reprinted in Newsday and  Bloomberg Businessweek