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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 two wonderful children.

Honors and Awards

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

Research Interests


Sociology of Religion, Gender, and Organizations

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Recent Publications

2020    Ferguson, Todd W. “Whose Bodies? Bringing Gender into Interaction Ritual Chains.” Sociology of Religion. 81(3): 247-271.

 2020    Ferguson, Todd W. “Organizational Resources and the Gender Gap in Congregational Lay Leadership.” Sociological Forum. 35(1): 126-144.

 2019    Packard, Joshua and Todd W. Ferguson. “Being Done: Why People Leave the Church but Not Their Faith.” Sociological Perspectives. 62(4): 499-517.  

 2018    Martinez, Brandon C., Joshua C. Tom, Todd W. Ferguson, Brita Andercheck, and Samuel Stroope. “Parenting Practices and Attitudes and the Role of Belief in Supernatural Evil: Results from a National U.S. Survey.” Journal of Family Issues. 39(6): 1616-1638.  

 2018    Ferguson, Todd W. “Female Leadership and Role Congruity within the Clergy: Communal Leaders Experience No Gender Differences Yet Agentic Women Continue to Suffer Backlash.” Sex Roles. 78(5): 409-422.

 2017    Ferguson, Todd W., Samuel Stroope, Brandon C. Martinez, Joshua C. Tom, and Brita Andercheck. “Social Sources of Community Solidarity in US Congregations.” Sociological Spectrum. 37(4): 223-236.