Hilary Levey Friedman
Dr. Levey Friedman received a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2009. Her primary research interests are in childhood and family, sports, gender, and after-school activities. Her dissertation (published by the University of California Press as Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture) examined the development of competitive children's activities for elementary school-age children and how families experience three case study activities-- chess, dance, and soccer. Previous work has examined child beauty pageants, kids and reality TV, Kumon after-school learning centers, and the role of children in ethnographic research. Her research project explores youth sports injuries, specifically examining the relationship between the relative-age effect and injuries. Her writings on these topics, and more, have appeared in USA Today, The Huffington Post, and The Boston Globe. Website: www.hilaryleveyfriedman.com; blog: www.hilaryleveyfriedman.blogspot.com; Twitter: @hleveyfriedman.