Dr. Robert Thomson

Assistant Professor, Sociology


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 243
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Bob Thomson completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at Baylor University in 2017 focusing on the intersection of crime, religion, and social inequality. He then worked at Rice University as a postdoctoral research fellow for the Religion and Public Life Program before joining the Department of Sociology at UAH in 2019. That same year, Dr. Thomson published a book, Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion (Oxford University Press) alongside several other scholars at Rice University. Dr. Thomson’s current research includes a grant-funded project titled, “Black or Blue? A Pilot Study of Religious and Political Sources of Moral Attitudes Towards Police and Protest.” This pilot study seeks to understand the perceptions of police and emerging protest movements—such as Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, Antifa, and white nationalism—among both black and white Christians in the US.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Baylor University, 2017
  • 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


  • American Society of Criminology
  • America Sociological Association
  • Southern Sociological Society
  • Society for the Social Scientific Study of Religion


  • Crime and Deviance
  • Religion
  • Social Stratification
  • Quantitative Methodology
  • Science & Religion

Recent Publications

  • 2019 Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R. Johnson, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Steven Lewis, Kristin Matthews, Robert A. Thomson Jr., and Di Di. Secularity and Science: What Scientists around the World Really Think about Religion. Oxford University Press.

  • 2018 Robert A. Thomson Jr., Jerry Z. Park, and Diana Kendall. "Religious Conservatives and TV News: Are They More Likely to be Religiously Offended?" Social Problems. Online: doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spy024.

  • 2018 Robert A. Thomson Jr. and Paul Froese. "God, Party, and the Poor: How Politics and Religion Interact to Affect Economic Justice Attitudes." Sociological Forum 33(2): 334-353.

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

  • 2016 Robert A. Thomson Jr. "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.

  • 2016 Robert A. Thomson Jr. and Sung Joon Jang. "Homeschooling and Underage Drinking: Is It More Protective than Public and Private Schools?" Deviant Behavior 37(3): 281-301.