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Dr. Todd W. Ferguson

Assistant Professor
Social Work, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department
Office: Wells 130
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8014900 College St, Box 8014BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-4547(254) 295-4547
Subjects Taught: Sociology
Degrees Earned: Ph.D. and M.A. (Baylor University); M.Div. (Duke Divinity School); B.A. (Baylor University)

I am a sociologist who specializes in religion, gender, organizations, and quantitative methodology. My research focuses on the social organization of religion, specifically congregations and their clergy. I am fascinated with the fact that religions are more than ideas and beliefs. They create structures and communities that profoundly affect people’s lives. 

In addition to my research, I am passionate about teaching. I teach many sociology courses at UMHB, and I take so much pleasure helping students understand their social world. It's a joy to see them learn about the social forces shaping their lives. 

Before becoming a sociologist, I earned a Master of Divinity from Duke University and was a pastor in Houston. I was drawn to sociology because, as a leader in a religious community, I saw the powerful social forces that shaped neighborhoods and entire cities.

I am married to Emma, a veterinarian, and we have a beautiful daughter.

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa (2004, Baylor, Zeta Chapter of Texas)

Research Interests

Sociology of Religion, Gender, and Organizations