Hilary Levey Friedman, PhD is a sociologist at Harvard University, where she recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy. She is currently an an affiliate of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Levey Friedman's award-winning work on childhood, parenting, competition, and beauty pageants has appeared in USA Today, The Denver Post, The Boston Globe Magazine, Slate, The Hill, Boston Magazine, The Rumpus , and various academic journals. She holds degrees from Harvard University, University of Cambridge, and Princeton University and her work has been funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust and the Spencer Foundation, among others. Her first book, Playing to Win (forthcoming in 2013 from University of California Press) is on elementary school-age children who compete in chess, soccer, and dance. She is currently working on a book about beauty pageants in American society. Dr. Levey Friedman is a frequent television commentator, particularly on NECN's The Morning Show, as a sociologist and parenting expert.