Tim Berard has overlapping research interests related to the empirical study of practical reasoning, including the deployment of evaluative categories for understanding and faulting types of behavior and types of individuals; attributions of motives for deviance and crime; and the interactional and pragmatic negotiation or contestation of relevant identities. Substantive topics addressed in relation to these interests include hate crimes; racial/ethnic profiling; institutional racism or disparate impact; subcultures in relation to criminal law, national security and sovereignty; and the intersection of macro social institutions and inequalities with the subjective and inter-subjective details of how social relations are created or recreated in human experience, language use and social action. He studied at Boston University under Jeff Coulter, writing a dissertation addressing discrimination disputes as contests over the situational relevance of macro-social identities in micro-social contexts, including legal contexts among others. He is the recipient of the Shils-Coleman prize from the American Sociological Association's Theory Section, for a critical analysis of Michel Foucault's treatment of subjectivity and its relevance to social theory. His current interests address a constellation of issues including motive attributions, social identities, and law, especially in relation to the issues of hate crimes, ethnic profiling in criminal justice and national security contexts, and institutional racism.