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Matthew Thompson


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


I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Davis. I study policing, violence, and complex organizations. My dissertation research examines how department structures and policies influence rates of police use of force. My teaching background includes courses on criminology, the criminal justice system, quantitative methodology, and general sociology.

"Deadly Decisions: Policing Organizations, Use of Force Policies, and Officer-Involved Shootings"

Research Focus

Criminology, policing, violence, policy analysis, quantitative analysis, sociology of complex organizations, social network analysis


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

SOC 003- Social Problems, Summer Session II 2015