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.
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.
Charles M. Tolbert, F. Carson Mencken, Troy C. Blanchard and Jing Li. “American Civic Community over Space and Time.” 2016 in Reclaiming Space: New Middle-Range Theory in Spatial Demography.(F. Howell and J. Porter (eds.), Springer Press.* Chapter 12: 235-252.
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
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