Tarun Banerjee, PhD

Contact

2613 WW Posvar Hall
412-648-7587

Biography

While large corporations are powerful economic and political actors in U.S. society, their dominance is frequently contested. Recent social movement campaigns against student debt, home foreclosures, corporate influence in politics, and the power of big banks at large are a reminder of this. We have good reason to believe large corporations are capable of working collectively against threats to their power. How do they do this?

In my research, I study the influence of social relationships between the largest corporations on their responses to political challenges. By constructing networks of affiliations between these actors, we can begin to address the degrees to which a corporation’s response strategies (be it to challenges from social movements or unfavorable policy propositions) are shaped collectively with other firms or are merely the outcome of individual interest. This is important because it deepens our understanding of the political behavior of these actors as well as gives us a more complete understanding of the opportunities available to those that challenge their power.

Fields of Interests

  • Social Movements
  • Organizations
  • Corporate Political Behavior
  • Social Networks

Degrees

  • PhD, SUNY- Stony Brook, 2015

Corporate Unity in Lobbying of the Federal Government

Corporate Networks and Political Campaign Contributions

The 2008 Financial Crisis and Corporate Responses to Social Movement Protest

The Capital Strike as a Political Strategy for Large Businesses

Banerjee, Tarun and Joshua Murray. 2015. “What Shapes Corporate Involvement in Voter Referendums? The Case of Opposition to GM Food Labeling,” Sociological Perspectives. 58(3): 464-489.

Banerjee, Tarun and Rebekah Burroway. 2015. “Business Unity and Anti-Corporate Protests: The U.S. Fortune 500 in 2010,” Mobilization, 20(2): 179-206.

Social Research Methods
Social Movements
American Society
Quantitative Research Methods

2013-2015. The National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, for “Firm Characteristics and Responses to Anti-Corporate Protests in the U.S.”

2014. The Judith Tanner Sociology Dissertation Fellowship. Department of Sociology, SUNY - Stony Brook.

2014. Outstanding Author Contribution, Emerald Group Publishing’s Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, for “Media, Movements, and Mobilization: Tea Party Protests in the U.S., 2009-2010.”

2014. Winner, Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Graduate Student Paper Award Competition (Division: Conflict, Social Action, and Change), for “Business Unity and Anti-Corporate Social Movement Protests in the U.S.”

2013. Honorable Mention, American Sociological Association’s Mayer Zald Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award (Section: Collective Behavior and Social Movements), for “Media, Movements, and Mobilization: Tea Party Protests in the U.S., 2009-2010.”