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.
- Communication, Language
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Intergroup Relations
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Law and Public Policy
- Organizational Behavior
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
- Sociology, Social Networks
- Berard, T. J. (2008). The neglected social psychology of institutional racism. Sociology Compass 2(2), 734-764.
- Berard, T. J. (2006). Evaluative categories of action and identity in non-evaluative human studies research: Examples from ethnomethodology. Qualitative Sociology Review, 1(1), 1-25. [lead article]
- Berard, T. J. (2006). Extending hate crime legislation to include gender: Explicating an analogical method of advocacy. Qualitative Sociology Review, 1(2), 43-64.
- Berard, T. J. (2006). From concepts to methods: On the observability of inequality. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 35(3), 236-256. [lead article]
- Berard, T. J. (2005). On multiple identities and educational contexts: Remarks on the study of inequalities and discrimination. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 4, 67-76.
- Berard, T. J. (2005). Rethinking practices and structures. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 35, 196-230.
- Berard, T. J. (2003). Ethnomethodology as radical sociology: An expansive appreciation of Melvin Pollner's "Constitutive and Mundane Versions of Labeling Theory." Human Studies, 26(4), 431-448.
- Berard, T. J. (2002). Moving forward by looking back: Revisiting Melvin Pollner's "Constitutive and Mundane Versions of Labeling Theory." Human Studies, 25(4), 495-498.
- Berard, T. J. (1999). Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, and the reformulation of social theory. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 29(3), 203-227.
- Berard, T. J. (1998). Attributions and avowals of motive in the study of deviance: Resource or topic? Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 28(2), 193-213.
- Berard, T. and J. Meeker. (2018). Irony, Conflict & Tragedy in Cultural Analysis: Hip-Hop between Bourdieu and Nietzsche. Critical Sociology [published "on-line first" 5/19/18, to be included in a special issue edited by Michael Roberts on Nietzsche and Social Theory].
- Kim, Kwang-ki and Tim Berard. (2009) Typification in Society and Social Science: The Continuing Relevance of Schutz’s Social Phenomenology. Human Studies 32(3) [Lead Article].
- Berard, T. J. (2015). "Hate Crimes, Labels, and Accounts: Pragmatic Reflections on U.S. Hate Crime Law." In: Law at Work, edited by Baudouin Dupret, Michael Lynch and Tim Berard. Oxford University Press.
- Berard, T. J. (2013). "Under the Shadow of the Authoritarian Personality: Elias, Fromm, and Alternative Social Psychologies of Authoritarianism." In: Norbert Elias and Social Theory: From Classics to Contemporaries, ed. Francois Depelteau and Tatiana Landini. Palgrave-Macmillan.
- Berard, T. J. (2012). "Collective Action, Collective Reaction: Inspecting Bad Apples in Accounts for Organizational Deviance and Discrimination." In: H. Nasu and F. Waksler (eds.) Interaction and Everyday Life: Phenomenological and Ethnomethodological Essays in Honor of George Psathas. Lexington.
- Berard, T. J. (2010). Hate Crimes and their Criminalization. In New Approaches to Social Problems Treatment, eds. Stacy Burns and Mark Peyrot, Vol. 17 of Research in Social Problems and Public Policy.
- Berard, T. J. (2006). Deviant subcultures. In G. Ritzer (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Sociology (Vol. X, pp. 4870-4875). Blackwell.
- Berard, T. J. (2006). Racial profiling. In J. Ciment (Ed.), Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia (pp. 1421-1430). Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe.
- Berard, T. J. (2002). "Japanese American" identity and the problem of multiple description: Disjunctive versions of the Japanese exclusion order. In Stephen Hester & W. Housley (Eds.), Language, Interaction, and National Identity: Studies in the Social Organisation of National Identity (pp. 144-168). Ashgate.
- Crime, Inequality, and Deviant Subcultures
- Law and Society
- Minorities in America
- Minorities in Crime and Justice
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