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Tim Berard

Associate Professor
Tim Berard holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Boston University. His research addresses group relations, social institutions, and social identity as these intersect across many fields of research, including studies of law, deviance and crime, race & ethnicity, inequality, language and communication, theory, and qualitative methods. Specific topics addressed include hate crimes, institutional racism, and ethnic profiling.


Courses Taught

  • Issues in Law & Society
  • Criminology
  • Minorities in Crime & Justice
  • Minorities in America


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Dr. Berard has published in a variety of journals including Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, Qualitative Sociology Review, and Human Studies.  Forthcoming and recent publications have addressed the social psychology of authoritarianism; the problem and the concept of "institutional racism"; organizational defense accounts blaming deviance and discrimination on individual "bad apples"; and the criminalization of hate crimes as an illustration of expressive law.  He is currently co-editing an international collection of socio-legal studies addressing practical professional methods of legal action and legal reasoning.

Dr. Berard currently serves as Chair of the Division of Crime and Juvenile Delinquency in the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), serves on the Editorial Board of Human Studies, and serves on Council for the Section on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis in the American Sociological Association (ASA), among other professional positions and services.

Tim Berard
Department of Sociology
Phone: 330-672-2775
Fax: 330-672-4724