Dr. Todd W. Ferguson
Social Work, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department
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.
Phi Beta Kappa (2004, Baylor, Zeta Chapter of Texas)
Sociology of Religion, Gender, and Organizations