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.