Bob Thomson is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at Baylor University in 2017, focusing on the intersection of crime, religion, and social inequality. He then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for the Religion and Public Life Program before joining the Department of Sociology at UAH in 2019. Bob'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.”
Ethnic and Racial Studies
The Sociological Quarterly
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Students and faculty addressed religion in the context of the university at the “Religion and the University” event, which was co-sponsored by the Religion and Public Life Program and the Boniuk Council. RPLP fellows Elaine Howard Ecklund, Sharan Mehta, and Bob Thomson shared their own experiences on a panel moderated by Rice University senior Sophie D’Amico, co-president of the Boniuk Council. The panel examined how religion affects relationships between students and faculty, the classroom environment, and the climate of the university.