Baylor > Sociology > Faculty > Carson Mencken
Carson Mencken

mencken 7-2012

Professor of Sociology
Sociology Chair
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-4863

Curriculum Vitae


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.


Recent Publications:

Paranormal America: Ghost encounters, UFO sightings, Bigfoot hunts and other Curiosities in Religion and Culture with Christopher Bader and Joseph Baker*, NYU Press. 2nd edition forthcoming 2016.

2015   “American Civic Community over Space and Time” (w/ Charles Tolbert, Troy Blanchard and Jiang Li) Pp. 235-252. in Reclaiming Space: New Middle Range Theory in Spatial Demography.  F. Howell and J. Porter (eds) Springer Press.

Forthcoming With Charles Tolbert, “Restructuring of the Financial Industry and Implications for Sources of Start-Up Capital for New Businesses in Nonmetropolitan Counties.” Journal of Rural Social Science.

Forthcoming With Brittany Fitz* and Matt Henderson* “Social Embeddeness, Image of God and Trust among active Christians.” Journal of Contemporary Religion.

2014  “Traditional and Alternative Financial Institutions in Rural America: 1976-2007.” Rural Sociology 79: 355-379. With C. Tolbert Jing Li and L. Riggs.

2014 “Taste and Place: College Graduates, Local Retailers, and Community Belonging in the United States” with Sam Stroope*, Charles Tolbert, and Aaron Franzen* Sociological Spectrum 34: 143-162

Forthcoming: Henderson, W. Matthew, F. Carson Mencken and Brittany Fitz. “Judgmental God Image, Social Embeddedness, and Social Trust Among the Highly Religious in the United States.” Journal of Contemporary Religion

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