Melissa Thompson


Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Shipping Address:
Department of Sociology
1721 SW Broadway, #217
Portland, OR 97201

Phone: (503) 725-3614
Fax: (503) 725-3957

Office Location: Cramer Hall 217N




Interests: Criminology, Gender, Sociology of Mental Illness, Sociology of Law, Illegal Substance Use.

Projects: (1) A study of the gendered relationship between mental illness, substance use, and crime. (2) Examining the effect of gender on illegal substance use and illegal earnings based on embeddedness in conventional and criminal activities and networks. (3) A project examining the effect of childhood ADHD symptoms and labeling on adult outcomes—including educational attainment, employment, income, and crime. (4) A project with Matt Carlson that will investigate health disparities experienced by African Americans caused by the criminal justice system. This project investigates the effects of prison and post-prison treatment for mental illness and drug abuse on rates of recidivism.

Courses Taught:

SOC 370: Sociology of Deviancy

SOC 418/518: Criminology and Delinquency

SOC 419/519: Sociology of Mental Illness

SOC 426/526; WS 426/526: Women & Mental Illness

SOC 590: Social Research Strategies

SOC 593: Quantitative Methods

SOC 410/510: Crime in Media


Curriculum Vita