Ashley Thompson, PhD

Professor of Sociology

Experience/Background

  • 2008 - present: Assistant Professor, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.
  • Spring 2008: Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Fall 2007: Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Spring 2005 - Fall 2007: Managing Editor for Reviews, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Peggy Thoits, Editor
  • Spring 2005: Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Summer 2004: Lecturer, Vanderbilt University
  • Fall 1999 - Spring 2004: Teaching Assistant, Vanderbilt University

Degrees/Certification

  • PhD, Sociology, Vanderbilt University, August 2007
  • MA, Sociology, Vanderbilt University, December 2001
  • BA, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Asheville, August 1996

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Class Status Power
  • Minority Groups
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Sociological Aspects of Aging
  • Social Stratification
  • Sociology of Gender
  • The Sociology of the South
  • Research Methods
  • Qualitative Methods

Publications

  • Sloan, Melissa M., Ranae J. Evenson Newhouse, and Ashley B. Thompson. 2013. “Counting on Coworkers: Race, Social Support, and Emotional Experiences on the Job.” Social Psychology Quarterly 76(4):343-372.
  • Thompson, Ashley B. and Melissa Sloan.  2012.  “Race as Region; Region as Race: Race and Regional Identities in the South.”  Southern Cultures 18(4):72-95.
  • Griffin, Larry J. and Ashley B. Thompson.  2012. “Social Class and Southern Identity.” Pp. 260-263 in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 20, Social Class, edited by Larry J. Griffin and Peggy G. Hargis. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
  • Jensen, Gary F. and Ashley B. Thompson. 2008. "Out of the Broom Closet: The Social Ecology of American Wicca" Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 47(4):753-766.
  • Griffin, Larry J., Ranae J. Evenson, and Ashley B. Thompson. 2005. "Southerners All?" Southern Cultures 11(1):6-25.
  • Griffin, Larry J. and Ashley B. Thompson. 2004. "The Disappearing Southerner." Vanderbilt Magazine 
    (December).
  • Griffin, Larry J. and Ashley B. Thompson. 2003. "Enough About the Disappearing South, What About the Disappearing Southerner?" Southern Cultures 9(3):51-65.
  • Griffin, Larry J. and Ashley B. Thompson. 2002. "Collective Memory, Identity, and Representation in Appalachia and the South." Appalachian Journal 29(3): 296-327.
  • Griffin, Larry J. and Ashley B. Thompson. 2002. "Letter to the Editor: Larry J. Griffin and Ashley B. Thompson Respond." Appalachian Journal 30(1):6-9.

Honors and Awards

  • 2013: Lynchburg College, recipient of the Elsie Ervin Bock Award for Excellence in Citizenship
  • 2013: Lynchburg College, recipient of a PHT ("Putting Him/Her Through")
  • 2013: Lynchburg College, nominated for the Thomas C. Allen Excellence in Academic Advising Award
  • 2011-2013: Lynchburg College, nominated for the Shirley E. Rosser Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2012 (Fall): Lynchburg College Faculty Development Grant, $1250
  • 2012 (Spring): Lynchburg College Faculty Development Grant, $1250
  • 2010: Lynchburg College, nominated for the Faculty Member of the Year Award by the 
    Fraternity/Sorority Life Community
  • 2010: Lynchburg College Faculty Development Grant, $500
  • 2004: Vanderbilt University, Dissertation Enhancement Grant, $2000
  • 1999-2004: Vanderbilt University, Department of Sociology TA Fellowships
  • 1996: The University of North Carolina at Asheville, Graduated Summa Cum Laude 
    with Departmental Distinction
  • 1996: The University of North Carolina at Asheville, Awarded the Senior Scholar 
    Award, Department of Sociology
  • 1995-1996: Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociological Honors Society)

Interests

I am interested in the study of the American South, particularly race relations in the South and southern identity. Other areas of interest include poverty, homelessness, and gender inequality. In my free time, I enjoy riding horses, hiking, and spending time with my husband and dogs and cat.

Phone: 
434.544.8122
Email: 
thompson.a@lynchburg.edu
Office: 
Carnegie 134