Sociology, Rob Beamish

Dr. Rob Beamish has been appointed Head of the Department of Sociology for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017.


Rob was the Acting Head from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 and served an earlier term as Head of the Department from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2009. In addition, Rob was the Associate Dean (Studies) from May 1, 1995 to June 30, 2001 and served as the Acting Head of The School of Physical and Health Education from July 1 to December 31, 1993.

Up until this year, Rob held a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the School of Kinesiology and Health at Queen’s but will now be full time in Sociology. In addition to teaching at Queen’s, Rob has taught at the University of Toronto (1980-84) and the Free University of Berlin (1989, 1991).

Rob’s research centres on high-performance sport, the sociology of the body, and specific issues related to work, labour, and classical and contemporary social theory. In addition to numerous articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries related to social theory and sport sociology, Rob is the author of several books, including Marx, Method, and the Division of Labour; Fastest, Highest, Strongest: The Critique of High-Performance Sport (co-authored with Ian Ritchie); Sociology’s Task and Promise: The Classical Tradition and Contemporary Sociological Thinking, and Steroids: A New Look at Performance-Enhancing Drugs. Rob is currently completing the complement to Sociology’s Task and Promise provisionally titled Sociology in the Contemporary World: An Integrated Introduction.

As a member of the advisory board for The Krader Project at McMaster University, Rob is also involved in work that builds on Lawrence Krader’s posthumously published, Noetics: The Science of Thinking and Knowing.