Bob Thomson
E-mail: Bob Thomson

Graduate Assistant
Sociology of Religion

Ph.D., Sociology, Baylor University expected in 2017 (ABD)
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2014
M.A., Theological Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary 2012
M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2002
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2000

Curriculum Vitae

Department of Sociology
P.O. Box 97326
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-4578

Bob Thomson’s research interests include justice & criminology, quantitative methodology, the sociology of religion (especially the intersection of religious culture with politics, the media, and education), and science & religion. As a fifth year student, Bob is currently working toward completion of a dissertation on religion and criminal justice for an anticipated graduation date in May 2017. His dissertation research explores the effects of religion on attitudes about the police, county-level crime rates, and incarceration-related health outcomes.

Recent Publications:

Robert A. Thomson Jr. and Paul Froese. "God Versus Party: Competing Effects on Attitudes Concerning Criminal Punishment, National Security, and Military Service." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 2016. 55(4):839-858.

Robert A. Thomson, Jr. 2016. “More Than Friends and Family? Estimating the Direct and Indirect Effects of Religiosity on Substance Use in Emerging Adulthood.” Journal of Drug Issues. 46(4) 326–346

Robert A. Thomson, Jr., and Sung Joon Jang. 2016. “Homeschool and Underage Drinking: Is It More Protective than Public and Private Schools?” Deviant Behavior. Vol. 37 (3) pg.281-301.

Phil Davignon and Robert A. Thomson, Jr. 2015. “Christian Colleges and Universities as Moral Communities: The Effects of Institutional Characteristics on Student Religiosity.” Review of Religious Research. Vol. 57 pg. 531-554.