Eric Beasley

Eric  Beasley
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Michigan State University, 2012
  • MA., Sociology, Michigan State University, 2009
  • BA, Sociology, Michigan State University, 2006
  • 460B Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-355-7632


Eric Beasley


Eric Beasley is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University where he regularly teaches the department’s large-enrollment introductory course. After earning a PhD at MSU, Eric left the on-campus community while his wife completed her MD residency in Midland, MI and his daughter was a toddler. During this time, he maintained his connection to the university through an appointment with the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education where he led online remediation classes for, and conducted research on, undergraduate students who had been reported by faculty for academic dishonesty. 

In the Fall of 2017, the seas parted and an on-campus position opened up just as Eric’s family life was making it such that commuting to campus would be possible. While his main focus has been teaching since returning to campus, he has also started a research lab, Social Perceptions Investigations (SPI), where he teaches undergraduates about the research process and collaborates with them to make scholarly articles fit for publication. 

Eric’s lives in Midland, MI, with his wife, Meaghan, a family medicine physician who is also faculty in the Midland Family Medicine Residency Program, and their two young children: Audrey and Henry.


Dr. Beasley is currently exploring the relative accuracy with which various groups of people estimate important social facts (e.g. the percentage of unintended pregnancies which end in abortion in the U.S.; What percentage of the U.S. populace identify as Muslim). In so doing, he seeks to flush out demographic, attitudinal, and behavioral characteristics of the individuals in his research projects which correlate and potentially explain not only differences in social fact estimates but also their relative congruence with trusted statistics.


Beasley, Eric. 2018. Misperceptions of the Social World: What We Get Wrong about Sex, Race, Money, and Violence. Routledge. New York City.

Beasley, Eric. 2016. “Comparing the Demographics of Students Reported for Academic Dishonesty to Those of the Overall Student Population.” Ethics & Behavior 26(1):45–62 

Beasley, Eric and Dilshani Sarathchandra. 2015. “The Accuracy of Lay Estimates of Abortion Rates and the Demographic, Attitudinal, and Behavioral Sources of Variation in These Estimates.” Michigan Family Review 19(1):26-50.