General Articles

Battle of the Whack-Job Sports Parents.” October 2012. Boston Magazine. Page 22.

Book Review of Sportista, By Andrei S. Markovits and Emily K. Albertson. September 13, 2012. The Rumpus.

Toddlers & Tiaras Justice.” August 31, 2012. Slate (Double X).

“From Coddled Kids to World-Class Gymnasts: Mihai Brestyan’s American Gymnastics Club has become a champion factory of sorts.” July 2012. Boston Magazine. Page 18.

Here She Comes, Miss (Elected) America.” June 26, 2012. Slate (Double X).

Tiger Teachers: The New Stage Moms Aren’t Moms.” June 4, 2012. The Huffington Post.

Life Is an Audition: Recent Books About Young Adult Performers.” March 23, 2002. The Huffington Post.

High heels beat flats: Why I left academia.” March 21, 2012. PAW (Princeton Alumni Weekly). Pages 23 and 62.

Kelsey Beck: An Ivy League Beauty with Pageant Roots.” March 7, 2012. The Huffington Post/Stylelist.

Doing the Math: Are pricey after-school centers worth the time and money?” January 22, 2012. The Boston Globe Magazine. Pg. 20-24. (Click HERE to see the PDF version of the print article)

“An Olympic-Sized Achievement: Scholar-Athlete Amanda Scott.” January 12, 2012. BlogHer.

“Youth pageants thrive, 15 years after JonBenét Ramsey’s death.” December 26, 2011. The Denver Post.

Book Review on Winning: Reflections on an American Obsession, by Francesco Duina. 2011. International Review of Modern Sociology. Vol. 37(2): 291-3.

Developing the All-Around Child: Given the history of college admissions in this country, can you blame those who overparent?.” November 29, 2011.

“‘Aunt Flo’ and the Female Athlete.” November 19, 2011. BlogHer.

In the Wake of the Sandusky Scandal, A Call for Youth Coaching Certifications.” November 14, 2011. The Huffington Post.

Pas de Deux: A Review of Bunheads and Audition.” November 4, 2011. The Huffington Post.

Whitey Bulger’s Beauty Pageant Connection.” October 9, 2011. The Huffington Post.

Throw Like a Girl: Reviewing Softball Legend Jennie Finch’s New Book.” October 7, 2011. BlogHer.

“The ‘Grand’ Finale: Ending Season 4 of Toddlers & Tiaras.” September 25, 2011. The Huffington Post.

Lions, Tigers, and Bear Moms– Oh, My!” Summer 2011. Contexts. Pages 70-1.

Why Summer Camp Isn’t as Safe as You Think.” August 8, 2011. The Huffington Post.

Glitz and Drama Down Under.” August 3, 2011. The Huffington Post.

Age Cut-offs, Limits, and Manipulations in Sports.” August 2, 2011. BlogHer.

The Odds Look Gorgeous: A Quantitative Analysis of the Miss Massachusetts Contest.” June 19, 2011. The Boston Globe Magazine. (Click HERE for an online slideshow version of the article; click HERE to see the cover headline and article description)

The Evolution of American-Style Child Beauty Pageants.” May 10, 2011. The Huffington Post.

Don’t Let My Stilettos Fool You. I Still Want to Win.” April 26, 2011. BlogHer.

Athletic Barbies and Real Women in Sports.” April 11, 2011. BlogHer.

Findings on Sport Moms and Sport Daughters.” April 8, 2011. BlogHer.

Cinderella Ate My Man-Eating Tiger Daughter.” April 1, 2011. The Huffington Post.

There She Goes… A Feminist, Trailblazing Beauty Queen.” March 15, 2011. The Huffington Post.

Females Down for the Count.” February 22, 2011. The Huffington Post.

American ‘Tiger Moms’ obsess in their own ways.” January 21, 2011. Opinion Column in USA Today.

“Superman’s Race: Documentaries and Problems in the American Educational System.” November 1, 2010. The Huffington Post.

“Capitalized Communism in US Sports? From Women’s Gymnastics to IMG Academies.” October 26, 2010. The Bleacher Report.

“Winning and Losing.” September 19, 2010. The Boston Globe Magazine. Page 4.

“Competitive Kids.” Fall 2010. Education Next. Page 6.

“Racing Safely to the Finish Line? Kids, Competition, and Injuries.” September 8, 2010. The Huffington Post.

“The Achilles’ Heel: Sports Injuries and Team Doctors.” September 3, 2010. The Bleacher Report.

“Testing Toddlers.” September 2, 2010. Everyday Sociology.

Golden Tickets: Inequality and Children’s Consumption.” July 2010. Review of Allison Pugh’s Longing and Belonging. H-Net.

Reality TV kids need the law on their side.” June 25, 2010. Opinion Column in USA Today.

“Balloon Boy Plus Ei8ht?: Children and Reality Television.” Spring 2010. Contexts.

Raising Middle Class Children in the Competitive Culture of the United States: Parenting and Competitive Children’s Activities.” March 19, 2010. Child Research Net.

Kids and Ethnography.” December 4, 2009. Social Science Research News.

Sociology and Tiaras.” November 6, 2009. Everyday Sociology.

Playing to Win (and for college admissions!)—In First Grade.” December 9, 2008. Eduwonkette.

Adopt Me, Madonna!Contexts. Fall 2007 (6.4). Page 6.

Floral Politics.” Contexts. Fall 2007 (6.4). Page 8.

Prescription for Feeling Healthy: Work and Study Like a Man.” Fall 2007. Contexts. Page 9.

Here She Is… And There She Goes?. Summer 2007. Contexts.

  •      Reprinted as “The Cultural Relevance of Beauty Pageants is Waning.” In At Issue: Beauty Pageants. 2010 [appeared in 2009]. Noel Merino (ed.). Pg. 10-18. Chicago, Il: Greenhaven Press (Gale).
  •      Long excerpt reprinted in Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials (Seventh Edition). 2010. Diana Kendall. Pg. 316-7. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.“No Respect for Archie and Friends.” Contexts.     Summer 2007 (6.3). Page 7.

Not-so-mean Girls.” Contexts. Spring 2007 (6.2). Contexts. Page 9.

Mobility at the Museum?” Contexts. Spring 2007 (6.2). Contexts. Page 9.

Will Bike for Food (and thrills).” Contexts. Winter 2007 (6.1). Contexts. Page 8.

Working Women’s Culture.” Contexts. Winter 2007 (6.1). Contexts. Page 11.

More School After School.” Contexts. Winter 2007 (6.1). Contexts. Page 11.

Grow Up!” Contexts. Fall 2006 (5.4). Contexts. Page 9.

Gossip is good… Pass it on!” Contexts. Fall 2006 (5.4) Contexts. Page 11-2.

Sweet Sixteen Drop Outs.” Contexts. Fall 2006 (5.4) Contexts. Page 12.

The Not-So-Evil Stepmom?” Contexts. Summer 2006 (5.3). Contexts. Page 5.

Highlights for Muslims.” Contexts. Spring 2006 (5.2). Contexts. Page 8.

Childhood Contradictions.” December 2005. Review of Gary Cross’ The Cute and the Cool. H-Net.