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Charles Tolbert
PHD Faculty - Dr. Charles Tolbert

Professor of Sociology
Chair, Department of Sociology

P.O. Box 97326
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-6060

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Charles Tolbert has been involved with graduate education since 1980 and came to Baylor in 2000. He returned to his alma mater (class of 1973) nearly 25 years later to build on the potential of the the small and highly effective applied sociology doctoral program. He is the chair of the sociology department. His areas of research include social stratification, social demography, rural sociology and quantitative applications. Dr. Tolbert teaches basic data analysis, advanced quantitative methods, and demographic techniques.

Recent Publications

Tolbert, Charles M., Troy C. Blanchard, C. Mencken, and Jing Li. “American Civic Community over Space and Time.” Forthcoming. 2015 in Reclaiming Space. (F. Howell and J. Porter (eds.), Springer Press.*

Halbesleben, Katie L. and Charles M. Tolbert. “Small, local, and loyal: How firm attributes affect workers’ organizational commitment.” Local Economy 29:795-809, 2014.*

Blanchard, Troy C., Samuel Stroope, and Charles M. Tolbert. “Bringing the Congregations Back In: Religious Markets, Congregational Density, and American Religious Participation.” Religions 5:929-947, 2014.*

Tolbert, Charles M., C. Mencken, Jing Li, and Lynn Riggs. “Traditional and Alternative Financial Institutions in Rural America.” Rural Sociology 79:355-379, 2014*

Stroope, Sam, A. Franzen, Charles M. Tolbert, and C. Mencken. “College Graduates, Local Retailers, and Community Belonging in the United States.” Sociological Spectrum 34:143-162, 2014.*

Tolbert, Charles M., F. Carson Mencken, T. Lynn Riggs, and Jing Li. “Chasing Capital.” International Innovation 126:88-89, 2014.*

Blanchard, Troy C., Charles M. Tolbert, and F. Carson Mencken. "The Health and Wealth of U.S. Counties: How the Small Business Environment Impacts Alternative Measures of Development." Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society. 5:149-162, 2012.

Hinze, Wes, F. Carson Mencken, and Charles M. Tolbert. �From Osama to Obama: Trust in Muslims among the Highly Religious in the United States.� Sociological Focus 44:18-36, 2011.