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Matthew Thompson


  • -MA, Sociology, University of Wyoming
  • -BS, Sociology, Montana State University
  • -BA, History, Montana State University


Research Interests
-Criminology and Policing
-Formal Organizations
-Social Networks
-Higher Education

Current Projects
- Network analysis of peer selection among U.S. colleges and universities, focusing on how administrators attempt to seek information on recruitment of diverse student populations

- Analysis of the effect of organizational policies on the use of fatal violence by law enforcement using web-searched news report data collection and agency generated reports

Selected Presentations
-Smith, Chris M., and Matthew J. Thompson. “Research in Progress: Race Effects in Threatening Interactions between Police and Civilians.” Presented at the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. February 10, Sacramento, CA.

- Thompson, Matthew J. 2011. "Kids and Guns." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. August 23, Las Vegas, NV.


SOC 151- The Criminal Justice System, Summer Session I 2018

SOC 003- Social Problems, Summer Session II 2015