Thomas Burns

Professor - Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1990

Curriculum Vitae

 

Email: tburns@ou.edu
 Phone: 405.325.1751
 Office: Kaufman Hall 323 

Research Areas:
 Comparative and Historical Development, Environment and Human Ecology, Sociology of Health, Social Theory, Statistics and Methods, Social Institutions (particularly Religion, Stratification, Military and Education Systems), Communication and Rhetoric, Culture and Social Change

Thomas J. Burns is active in the Environmental Studies and Religious Studies programs and the Center for Social Justice. His research focuses on social institutions from a comparative and historical perspective, particularly as they pertain to issues of well-being and sustainability. He has published widely on topics that include deforestation, pollution, health and well-being outcomes, environmental ethics, social movements, theory, and religion and the environment.

Professor Burns was formerly at the University of Utah, where he chaired the interdisciplinary Master of Statistics (M.Stat) program and was a member of the Sociology faculty. He has served on the Executive Board of the Society for Human Ecology, as Book Review Editor of Human Ecology Review and as a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of World-Systems Research. Professor Burns regularly teaches courses in World Religions and Society, Environmental Sociology and Social Theory on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. He also has taught and lectured at various international venues, including Mildenhall (U.K.), Moscow State University (Russian Republic), and NATO (Belgium).

Professor Burns has won teaching awards at the University of Utah and the University of Oklahoma, and is the recipient of the Society for Human Ecology’s Distiguished Leadership Award. In 2016, his book with Beth Schaefer Caniglia, Environmental Sociology: The Ecology of Late Modernity, won the Society for Human Ecology’s Gerald L. Young International Book Award.