William Thompson

Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice

Education: Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1979
Office: Ferguson Hall, Social Sciences Bldg., Rm 229
Phone: 903-886-5136

Research Interests

Criminology/Delinquency; Deviant Behavior/Social Disorganization; Qualitative Methodology

Recent Publications


Thompson, William E. 2012. Hogs, Blogs, Leather and Lattes: The Sociology of Modern

American Motorcycling. Jefferson, NC.: McFarland Publishing.

Thompson, William E., & Joseph Hickey. 2011. Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology, 7th edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Thompson, William E., & Jack Bynum. 2010. Juvenile Delinquency: A Sociological Approach, 8th edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Journal Articles

Thompson, William E. 2012. “ ‘Don’t call me biker chick:’ ” Women motorcyclists redefining deviant identity.” Deviant Behavior 33(January):58-71.

Thompson, William E. 2009. “Pseudo-deviance and the ‘New Biker’ subculture: Hogs, blogs, leathers, and lattes.” Deviant Behavior 30:1-26.

Recent Courses Taught-Undergraduate

Juvenile Delinquency
Introduction to Sociology

Recent Courses Taught-Graduate

Aging and Elderly
Readings in Sociology
Sociology of Education
Teaching Sociology

Awards and Recognition

  • Texas A&M University-Commerce Spirit of Mayo Service Award, 2009.
  • Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award, 2009.
  • Who’s Who Among American Professional, 2005.
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2005.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Most Outstanding Professor Award, 2002.

Fall 2015 Courses:

  • CJ 326 Juvenile Delinquency  CRN: 80162
  • SOC 1301 GLB/Intro to Sociology  CRN: 80713
  • SOC 1301 GLB/Intro to Sociology  CRN: 80714
  • SOC 320 Deviant Behavior  CRN:  81087
  • SOC 517 Teaching Soc/CJ  CRN: 82509
  • SOC 518 Thesis  CRN: 81324