Photo of Ryan ThomsonRyan Thomson

Assistant Professor



Ph.D., Sociology University of Florida, 2019
GradC, Geospatial Analytics (GIST) North Carolina University, 2014
M.S., Sociology North Carolina State University, 2012
B.A., Sociology North Carolina State University, 2010
B.A., Political Science North Carolina State University, 2010


Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Auburn University.


University of Florida Graduate School Teaching Award, University of Florida Graduate School Dissertation Research Award, University of Florida Jerome A. Connor Dissertation Award, University of Florida J.S. Vandiver Teacher of the Year Award, University of Florida Gorman Award for Excellence in Quantitative Research


Rural Sociological Society
American Sociological Association
American Association of Geographers
American Society of Criminology

Dr. Thomson’s research examines the intersection environment and community health as it pertains to issues of inequality. His work frequently employs geospatial and network analysis to inform public policy and grassroots responses to complex social problems. His latest work uses participatory action research to examine a series of community-driven research questions with the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition surrounding issues of heir’s property, access, and land loss.

  • Thomson, Ryan, Johanna Espin, and Tameka Samuels-Jones. (Forthcoming). “Green Crime Havens: A Spatial Cluster Analysis of Environmental Crime.” Social Science Quarterly.
  • Samuels-Jones, Tameka, Ryan Thomson, and Johanna Espin. (2019). “Green Crime on the Reservation: A Quantitative Analysis of U.S. Indian Reservations 2011 – 2015.” In International Handbook of Green Criminology (2nd Edition). Routledge. Edited by Avi Brisman and Nigel South.
  • Thomson, Ryan, Tameka Samuels-Jones, and Liam Downs. (2019). “The Branches of Green Criminology: A Bibliometric Citation Analysis 2000 – 2017” In Quantitative Studies in Green and Conservation Criminology. Routledge. Edited Lynch, Michael, and Stephen Pires.
  • Perz, Stephen, Heather Covington, Johanna Espin, Lauren Griffin, Flavia Leite, Anne Mook, Christine Overdevest, Tameka Samuel-Jones, and Ryan Thomson. (2018). “Future Directions in Environmental and Resource Sociology: Reflections on the Specialty and Suggestions for Going Forward.” Environmental Sociology.