Peter Bearman is the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theories and Empirics at Columbia University. He has been on the faculty of Columbia University since 1998 when he joined as a professor of sociology. He is the Cole Professor of the Social Sciences and Co-Director of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program. He was the founding director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy and a former chair of the sociology and statistics departments at Columbia University.
Hannah Brückner works on a wide range of topics related to the life course, inequality, health, gender and sexuality. She is the author of Gender Inequality in the Life Course and has published numerous chapters and articles about gender inequality in the labor force and in retirement, and the integration of women in academic workplaces. Findings from her research on adolescent health and sexual behavior were featured in news media across the country, including the New York Times and 60 Minutes.
Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Rhodes completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at DePaul University and her a clinical internship training at University of Chicago School of Medicine before joining the psychology department at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She remained on the faculty at Illinois for 10 years before joining the psychology department of UMB in 2000.