- Carthage College
Professor Wayne Thompson specializes in social dimensions of religion and crime, especially quantitative studies using sample survey research. Before he became a professor, he served on the research staffs of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York City. His publications include studies of congregational growth and decline, religion and media, and how Catholics make school enrollment choices for their children.
With his students, Prof. Thompson provides program evaluation research services for religious, human service and criminal justice agencies. He received his M.A. degree at the University of Arizona and Ph.D. in sociology from University of Connecticut. He joined the Carthage faculty in 1998.
Talking About Violence At Places Of Worship After San Diego Synagogue Shooting
Professor Thompson discusses violence in places of worship after the San Diego Synagogue shooting. (Wisconsin Public Radio, April 29, 2019)
Members of LGBTQ community find Jussie Smollett case disappointing
Professor Thomson talks about the Jussie Smollett case. (Today’s TMJ 4, February 22, 2019)
Viral Video From Wrestling Tourney Brawl
Professor Thompson is featured in a Spectrum News 1 story talking about the sociology behind parents being overly aggressive at their kids sporting events. (Spectrum News 1, February 18, 2019)
Professor Wayne Thompson specializes in social dimensions of religion and crime. Before he became a professor, he served on the research staffs of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York City. He teaches courses in sociology of religion, racial and cultural minorities, and deviance.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
- Ph.D. — Sociology, University of Connecticut
- M.A. — University of Arizona
- SOC 2040 Sociology of Religion
- SOC 2530 Racial and Cultural Minorities
- SOC 3020 Sociological Research I
- SOC 3110 Deviance
- SOC 3500 Field Placement in Sociology
- SOC 3900 Data Analysis
- SOC 4990 Senior Seminar in Sociology