When social norms fail to curb human rights abuses, how are these violations justified? Eric Bonds, associate professor of sociology at the University of Mary Washington, aims to find out. Through his current research, he expects to better understand the extent to which environmental and humanitarian laws can curtail violence.
Dr. Bonds is author of the social issues textbook "Social Problems: A Human Rights Perspective," which takes an exciting and new approach to the field. The work is based on his teaching style, which encourages students to evaluate U.S. society from an international human rights framework while also considering--from a sociological vantage--what human rights are and what they can mean. Bonds also teaches courses in environmental sociology, social problems and political sociology.
His articles have appeared in journals such as The Journal of World-Systems Research, Critical Sociology and Peace Review.
Areas of Expertise (4)
War and Violence
University of Colorado: Ph.D., Graduate Studies 2011
University of Wyoming: B.A., Undergraduate Studies 2001
Media Appearances (3)
Fredericksburg City Council wants Jeff Davis Highway renamed
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University of Mary Washington Assistant Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds and two students in his political sociology class had asked City Council to make the change because of Davis’ role in the Civil War and the fact that he’d owned more than 100 slaves during his lifetime.
Fredericksburg council eyes support for renaming Jefferson Davis Highway
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In 2016, UMW Assistant Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds and two students in his political sociology class asked City Council during one of its meetings to rename the highway because of Davis’ role in the Civil War and the fact that he’d owned more than 100 slaves during his lifetime.
Free conference on carbon's impact to be held at Fredericksburg library branch
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The speakers and their topics will be: “Climate Change is Real” by Pamela Grothe, University of Mary Washington assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences. “Local Actions” by Eric Bonds, Fossil Free Fredericksburg coordinator, and UMW associate professor of sociology and anthropology.
Our particular historical era is beset by monumental challenges, one of the foremost of which is climate change...
Undergraduates Beatrice Ohene-Okae (Environmental Science) and Zakaria Kronemer (Philosophy) presented their research project, “Studying Carbon Violence,” with Assistant Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds at George Mason’s annual public sociology conference, which this year was titled “(Re)Visions of the Future: Public Sociology, Environmental...
Eric Bonds, assistant professor of sociology, recently published a new book with Routledge Press, titled "Social Problems: A Human Rights Perspective." The book is based on Bonds’ teaching approach in his Social Issues class at UMW, in which he...
Talk Nation Radio: Eric Bonds on War and the Environment