Thomas E. Shriver


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Teaching and Research Interests

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Social Movements
  • Environmental Justice
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Political Sociology
  • Inequality

Funded Research

Shriver, Thomas E. (PI). 2014-2017. "Elite Framing of Social Movements." National Science Foundation, $186,449.


Select Journal Articles (see CV for complete list of publications)

Shriver, Thomas E., Stefano B. Longo and Alison E. Adams. 2020. "Energy and the Environment: The Treadmill of Production and Sacrifice Zones in Czechoslovakia," forthcoming in the Sociology of Development.

Shriver, Thomas E., Chris Messer, Jared R. Whittington and Alison E. Adams. 2020. "Industrial Pollution and Acquiescence: Living with Chronic Remediation," forthcoming in Environmental Politics.

Shriver, Thomas E., Annika Wilcox and Laura Bray. 2020. "Elite Cultural Work and Discursive Obstruction of Human Rights Activism," forthcoming in Social Currents.

Messer, Chris, Alison E. Adams, and Thomas E. Shriver. 2020. "Living with Chronic Contamination: A Comparative Analysis of Divergent Psychosocial Impacts," forthcoming in Natural Hazards.

Adams, Alison E., Thomas E. Shriver, Laura Bray and Chris Messer. 2020. "Petrochemical Pollution and the Suppression of Environmental Protest," Forthcoming in Sociological Inquiry

Bray, Laura, Thomas E. Shriver and Alison E. Adams. 2019. "Authoritarian Legitimacy and Elite Cohesion." Social Movement Studies 18(6): 682-701.

Shriver, Thomas E., Alison E. Adams and Laura Bray. 2019. "Political Power and Manufacturing Consent: The Case of the 1953 Plzen Protests." The Sociological Quarterly 60(1): 26-45.

Shriver, Thomas E. and Aysha Bodenhamer. 2018. "The Enduring Legacy of Black Lung: Environmental Health and Illness in Appalachia." Sociology of Health and Illness 40(8): 1361-1375.

Shriver, Thomas E., Laura Bray and Alison E. Adams. 2018. “Legal Repression of Labor Protest: The Case of the 1953 Worker Revolt in Czechoslovakia." Mobilization 23(3): 307-328..

Messer, Chris, Thomas E. Shriver. 2017. "The Legacy of Lead Pollution: (Dis)Trust in Science and the Debate over Superfund." Environmental Politics 26(6): 1132-1151.

Adams, Alison E. and Thomas E. Shriver. 2017. "Tactics and Targets: Explaining Shifts in Grassroots Environmental Resistance." Social Currents 4(3): 265-281.

Longo, Stefano B., Brett Clark, Thomas E. Shriver and Rebecca Clausen. 2016. "Sustainability and Environmental Sociology: Putting the Economy in its Place and Moving Toward an Integrative Socio-Ecology." Sustainability 8(5): 1-17.

Adams, Alison E. and Thomas E. Shriver. 2016. "Challenging Extractive Industries: How Political Context and Targets Influence Tactical Choice." Sociological Perspectives 59(4): 892-909.

Shriver, Thomas E., Alison E. Adams, and Stefano Longo. 2015. "Environmental Threats and Citizen Activism in Authoritarian Settings." Social Forces 94(2):699-722.

Messer, Chris, Thomas E. Shriver, and Alsion E. Adams. 2015. "Collective Identity and Memory: A Comparative Analsis of Community Response to Environmental Hazards." Rural Sociology 80(3): 314-339.

Adams, Alison E., Thomas E. Shriver, and Chris M. Messer. 2015. "Movement-Countermovement Dynamics in a Land-Use Controversy." Human Ecology Review 21(1):3-25.

Shriver, Thomas E. Alison E. Adams, and Chris M. Messer. 2014. "Power, Quiescence and Pollution: The Suppression of Environmental Grievances." Social Currents 1(3): 275-292.

Shriver, Thomas E., Alison E. Adams, and Sherry Cable. 2013. “Discursive Obstruction and the Repression of Dissent: The Social Control of Environmental Activism in the Czech Republic.”  Social Forces 91(3): 873-893.

Shriver, Thomas E., Alison E. Adams, and Rachel Einwohner. 2013. “Motherhood and Opportunities for Activism Before and After the Czech Velvet Revolution.” Mobilization 18(3): 267-288.

Shriver, Thomas E. and Alison E. Adams. 2013. “Collective Identity and the Subjective Terrain of Political Opportunities: Movement Dissension Surrounding Participation in Party Politics.” Mobilization 18(1): 489-506.

Zschau, Tony, Alison E. Adams, and Thomas E. Shriver. 2012. “Reframing the Biotechnology Debate: The Deconstructive Efforts of the Council for Responsible Genetics.” Symbolic Interaction 35(2): 221-239.

Messer, Chris, Alison E. Adams, and Thomas E. Shriver. 2012. “When Corporate Framing Fails: The Erosion of Elite Legitimacy.  The Sociological Quarterly 53(3): 475-499. 

Adams, Alison E. and Thomas E. Shriver. 2011. “Collective Identity and Gendered Activism in the Czech Environmental Movement: The South Bohemian Mothers’ Struggle Against Nuclear Power.”  Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change 32: 163-189.

Messer, Chris and Thomas E. Shriver. 2011. “Resident Framing and the Public Sphere: Community Conflict over Radioactive Waste.” Political and Military Sociology 38: 77-100.

Shriver, Thomas E. and Alison E. Adams. 2010. “Cycles of Repression and Tactical Innovation: The Evolution of Environmental Dissidence in Communist Czechoslovakia.” The Sociological Quarterly 51:329-354.

Cable, Sherry and Thomas E. Shriver. 2010.  “Wounded by Friendly Fire: Policy Palliatives and Internal Conflict in the Gulf War Illness Movement.” Current Sociology 58(1): 45-66.

Messer, Chris, Thomas E. Shriver, and Dennis Kennedy. 2010. “Environmental Hazards and Community Dissension in Rural Oklahoma.” Sociological Spectrum 30(2): 159-183. 

Shriver, Thomas E. and Gary R. Webb. 2009. “Rethinking the Scope of Environmental Justice: Perceptions of Health Hazards in a Rural Native American Community Exposed to Carbon Black.” Rural Sociology 74(2) 270-292.

Shriver, Thomas E. and Charles Peaden. 2009. “Frame Disputes in a Natural Resource Controversy: The Case of the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer in South Central Oklahoma.” Society and Natural Resources 22(2): 143-157.

Shriver, Thomas E. and Chris Messer. 2009.  “Ideological Cleavages and Schism in the Czech Environmental Movement.” Human Ecology Review 16(2): 161-171.

Messer, Chris and Thomas E. Shriver. 2009.  “Corporate Responses to Claims of Environmental Misconduct: The Case of Phelps Dodge and Blackwell, Oklahoma.” Deviant Behavior 30(7): 1-22.

Shriver, Thomas E., Sherry Cable, and Dennis Kennedy. 2008. “Mining for Conflict and Staking Claims: Contested Illness at the Tar Creek Superfund Site.” Sociological Inquiry 78(4): 558-579.

Cable, Sherry, Thomas E. Shriver, and Tamara Mix. 2008. “Risk Society and Contested Illness: The Case of Oak Ridge Nuclear Workers.” American Sociological Review 73(3):380-401.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • M.A. in Sociology from University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • B.A. in Sociology from Western Kentucky University