Thomas D. BeamishAssociate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Office: 2271 SS&H
Office hours: M 2:00-4:00 PM
Phone: 530 297 8089
Classes: Sociology 160, 180A, 148, 280, 290
- Environment, Hazards, Risks
- Organizations, Institutions, and Economy
- Social and Community Movements
- Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies
Dr. Beamish has studied social and organizational response to environmental change and disaster; how and why community movements mobilize and respond as they do to risk management efforts and “risky” developments; and economic, organizational, and innovation processes in commercial and industrial contexts. What ties these varied projects together is his practical and theoretical fascination with the intersection of institutions, social organization, and interpretive work. Across all of these, Dr. Beamish’s focus has been the collective bases for “local rationality;” how participation of different kinds—in the places people live, in the formal and informal groups and organizations that people belong to, and in the social categories and identities people are given or that they self-identify with—influences and at times even structure expectations, interpretations, and therefore preferences. Attention to issues and aspects of participation and membership, Dr. Beamish has found, provides insights into the actions and inactions of many kinds of associations from small groups and communities to economic networks and formal organizations with implications for understanding important outcomes from innovation to response to environmental change.
- “The Role of Social Heuristics in Project Centered Production Networks: Insights from the Commercial Construction Industry.” (w/ Nicole W. Biggart) Engineering Project Organization Journal. (2011) Vol. 1, Issue 4.
- "Mesoeconomics: Business Cycles, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Crisis in Commercial Building Markets." (W/ Nicole W. Biggart) in Markets on Trial: The Economic Sociology of the U.S. Financial Crisis. Research in Sociology of Organizations, Edited by Michael Lounsbury and Paul Hirsch. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. (Forthcoming 2010)
- “Alliance-Building Across Social Movements: Bridging Difference in a Peace and Justice Coalition.” (w/ Amy Luebbers) Social Problems. (forthcoming) November, Volume 56, Number 4.
“The Logic of Risk Distribution: Site Fights and Resisting Global Toxics." A Review Essay. Social Movement Studies. (forthcoming) Vol. 8, No. 3, August, pp. 295-298.
- "Economic Sociology in the Next Decade and Beyond.” American Behavioral Scientist. (2007) Vol. 50, No. 8, 993-1014.
"Economic Worlds of Work: Uniting Economic Sociology with the Sociology of Work." In Social Theory at Work. (w/ Nicole W. Biggart) Marek Korczynski, Randy Hodson,
and Paul Edwards (eds.). (2006) Oxford University Press.
“The Economic Sociology of Conventions: Habit, Custom, Practice and Routine in Market Order." (w/ Nicole W. Biggart) Annual Review of Sociology. (2003) 29:443–64.
Silent Spill: The Organization of Industrial Crisis. (2002) Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (Series title: Urban and Industrial Environments.)
“Waiting For Crisis: Regulatory Inaction and Ineptitude and the Case of the Guadalupe Dunes Oil Spill.” Social Problems. (2002) Vol. 49, No. 2. May: 150-177.
“Environmental Hazards and Institutional Betrayal: Lay Public Perceptions of Risk in the San Luis Obispo County Oil Spill.” Organization and Environment. (2001) Vol. 14, No. 1 March: 5-33.
“Accumulating Trouble: Complex Organization, a Culture-of-Silence, and a Secret Spill.” Social Problems. (2000) Vol. 47, No. 4. November: 473-498.
“Who Supports the Troops? Vietnam, the Gulf War and the Making of Collective Memory.” (w/ Harvey Molotch and Richard Flacks) Social Problems. (1995) Vol. 42, No. 3. August: 344-360.