Charles M. Tolbert, II

Charles M. Tolbert, II
Professor Emeritus
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Dr. Charles Tolbert, II retired from a 20 year tenure of teaching from the Department of Sociology at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. Dr. Tolbert has a combined 40 years of teaching in higher education.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Georgia, 1980
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 1975
B.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 1973


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 served as the chair of the sociology department from 2000 - 2015. 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.


Carpenter, C. W., Mencken, F. C., Tolbert, C. M., & Lotspeich. M. C., II. (2019). Locally owned bank concentration and business start-ups and closures in U.S. metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural counties from 1980-2010. The Review of Regional Studies, 50(1): 17-42.

Michael C. Lotspeich II and Charles M. Tolbert II. 2019. "A Longitudinal Analysis of Personal Economic Anxiety, Concern for the National Economy, and Distrust of Government Spending". Socius: Sociological Research for Dynamic World 5(1-3). DOI:10.1177/2378023119872882.

Michael C. Lotspeich, Charles M. Tolbert, and F. Carson Mencken. 2019. “Oil and Gas Development and Small Business Lending in U.S. Nonmetropolitan Counties.” Journal of Maps 15(1):46-51.

Bethany Smith and Charles M. Tolbert. 2019. "Financial Motivations and Small Business Longevity: The Effects of Gender and Race." Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship 23(4): 1850024 (online only).

F. Carson Mencken and Charles M. Tolbert. 2018. “Community Banks and Loans for Nonmetropolitan Businesses: A Multilevel Analysis from the 2007 Survey of Business Owners.” Rural Sociology 83(2):376-491.

F. Carson Mencken and Charles M. Tolbert. 2018. "Small Business Lending and Economic Well-Being in Texas Counties: A Test with Community Reinvestment Act Data." Journal of Rural and Community Development 13(1):47-66.

Dr. Tolbert's Full Curriculum Vitae.

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