Prof. Hilary Levey Friedman is a sociologist and expert on beauty pageants, childhood and parenting, competitive afterschool activities, and popular culture who teaches courses on beauty pageants and sports in the Department of American Studies at Brown University.
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 can intelligently comment on stories about topics including afterschool activities, the American family, beauty pageants, competition, sports, dance competitions, reality television, parenting, scholastic chess, and youth sports injuries. She holds degrees from Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Cambridge.
Prof. Levey Friedman is also an active book reviewer and is an advisor with the National Council on Youth Sports Safety. She serves as a Commissioner on the Affordable Housing Commission in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Prof. Levey Friedman is also an active volunteer CASA and serves on the Public Policy Committee of the United Way of Rhode Island.