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- Ph.D. University of Kansas
- Economic Sociology
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Courses Taught at Texas A&M
- SOCI 230: Classical Sociological Theory
- SOCI 419: Class In Contemporary Society
- SOCI 423: Globalization and Social Change
- SOCI 611: Classical Social Theory
- SOCI 616: Political Sociology
- SOCI 635: Complex Organizations
Harland Prechel is Professor of Sociology and College of Liberal Arts Cornerstone Fellow at Texas A&M University. His primary areas of research are the corporation, economic sociology and political sociology. Prechel’s research program focuses on corporate-state relations with particular focus on state power and corporate power. There are two interrelated themes in his current research: How corporate-state relations and corporate characteristics affect financial malfeasance and environmental pollution. Prechel also published articles on education and economic development, income inequality and economic development, and professional autonomy. He published Big Business and the State: Historical Transitions and Corporate Transformation, 1880s-1990s, State University of New York Press (2000). He is also the former series editor of Research in Political Sociology. His articles have appeared in American Sociological Review, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Comparative Education Review, Political Power and Social Theory, Research in Political Sociology, Social Forces, Social Sciences Quarterly, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Forum, and Social Problems. Prechel’s awards include National Science Foundation grants, Fellow at the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University, teaching excellence award from Texas A&M University, honorable mention of the W. Richard Scott Award from the Organizations, Occupations and Work section of the American Sociological Society, Best Published Paper Award from Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, and Outstanding Article Award from the American Society of Criminology. He has served as a reviewer for more than 35 scholarly journals, book publishers, and granting agencies.
- 2013. “The Effects of Organizational Characteristics and State Environmental Policies on Sulfur-Dioxide Pollution in U.S. Electrical Energy Corporations.” (with George Touche).
- 2012. “Corporate Power and U.S. Economic and Environmental Policy, 1978-2008.” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 5:357-375.
- 2012. “Corporate Characteristics, Political Embeddedness, and Environmental Pollution by Large U.S. Corporations.” Social Forces, 90:947-970. (with Lu Zheng).
- 2010. “The Effects of Organizational and Political Embeddedness on Financial Malfeasance in the Largest U.S. Corporations: Dependence, Incentives and Opportunities.” American Sociological Review, 75:331-354. (with Theresa Morris).
- 2007. “Political Capitalism, Neoliberalism and Globalization in India: Redefining Corporate Property Rights and Facilitating Foreign Ownership, 1991-2005.” Research in Political Sociology: Politics, and Neoliberalism: Process, Structure and Outcome, 16:201-243. Oxford University Press. (with Shilpa Ranganathan).
- 2003. “Historical Contingency Theory, Policy Paradigm Shifts, and Corporate Malfeasance at the Turn to the 21st Century.” Research in Political Sociology: Political Sociology for the 21st Century, 12:311-340. Amsterdam:Elsevier Press.
- 2002. “Capital Dependence, Political Behavior and Change to the Multilayered Subsidiary Form.” Social Problems, 49:301-326. (with John Boies).
- 1994. “Economic Crisis and the Centralization of Control Over the Managerial Process: Corporate Restructuring andNeo-Fordist Decision Making.” American Sociological Review, 59:723-745.
- 1990. “Steel and the State: Industry Politics and Business Policy Formation, 1940-1989.” American Sociological Review,55:648-668.