Professor of Sociology
Outgoing Graduate Program Director (Aug. 2015)
Incoming Sociology Chair (Aug. 2015)
Waco, TX 76798
F. Carson Mencken is professor of sociology, Graduate Program Director, and Director of the Baylor Religion Survey. He received his BS degree summa cum laude from the College of Charleston (SC) in 1987, and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1994. His areas of research expertise include civic engagement, religiosity, and research methods. Recently, with Dr. Charles Tolbert he has been examining the impact of changes in the banking industry on the availability of capital for local businesses and entrepreneurs in rural America. This research has been funded by two competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has authored over 40 professional publications. He has received competitive grant funding for his research from such sources as the Tennessee Valley Authority, the United States Department of the Interior, the United States Department of Justice, and the John Templeton Foundation.
He and his family are actively involved with the Dayspring Baptist Church of Waco.
2010 Paranormal America: Ghost encounters, UFO sightings, Bigfoot hunts and other Curiositie sin Religion and Culture with Christopher Bader and Joseph Baker, NYU Press.
Forthcoming �Taste and Place: College Graduates, Local Retailers, and Community Belonging in the United States� with Sam Stroope, Charles Tolbert, and Aaron Franzen. Sociological Spectrum.
Forthcoming, with Brittany Fitz �Image of God and Community Volunteering among Religious Adherents in the United States.� Review of Religious Research.
2013 �Small Business Concentration and Diabetes Prevalence among U.S. Counties: A Spatial Error Analysis.� With T. Blanchard, C. Tolbert, J. Li at Public Health.
2013 with Jexia Zhai �Risk Aversion, Shortage Economy and Gender Differences in Religious Activities in China.� Sociological Focus 48: 106-118
2012 with Troy Blanchard and Charles Tolbert. �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.
2011 with He Rong."Judged by Karma: Belief in Karma and Social-Economic Status in Contemporary China" Religious Cultures in the World 65: 14-21 (Chinese language).
2011 With Wes Hinze and Charles Tolbert. �From Obama to Osama: Image of God and Trust in Muslims among the Highly Religious in the United States.� Sociological Focus 44 (1):18-36.
2010 Bader, Christopher, Scott Desmond, F. Carson Mencken and Byron Johnson. �Divine Justice: How Images of God Impact Attitudes toward Criminal Punishment." Criminal Justice Review 35: 90-106.
2010 Liu, Yang and F. Carson Mencken �Fatalistic Voluntarism and Life Happiness in Post-Socialist China.� Sociological Spectrum 30: 270 � 288.
Awards and Honors:
2007 GSA Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies Award, Baylor University
2005 GSA Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award, Baylor University
"Civic Engagement and County Economic Growth in Appalachia during the 1990s" Co-authored with Chris Bader and Clay Polson received the Southwestern Sociological Association Distinguished Paper Award for 2005.
Welfare Reform in West Virginia, West Virginia University Press, Honorable Mention, ForeWord Magazine�s 2004 Book of the Year Award.
The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences (West Virginia University) Outstanding Researcher Award 1999-2000.
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