Dr. Thompson received her B.A. in English and Sociology from Wellesley College, her joint M.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology also from Brandeis University. Her doctoral research addressed the role of the wedding planner in the American wedding industry. Other wedding related topics she has studied include the emotion work of wedding work, the role of the male wedding coordinator, minority participation in the wedding industry, as well as a comparison between the wedding and funeral industries.
Dr. Thompson has written a book titled Unveiled: Secrets of the Wedding Industry, a guide for brides and grooms on how to avoid being scammed as they plan their wedding. Dr. Thompson has been at TCU in the Department of Sociology since 1998 and teaches Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, the Sociology of Food, Marriage and Family, and the Sociology of Weddings.
Dr. Whitworth has taught at Texas Christian University since 1998 within the TCU Department of Sociology & Anthropology specializing in sustainability and the social impacts of technology. He teaches Introductory Sociology; Sustainability: Environmental, Economic, and Social Justice Issues; Social Media, Technology, and Society; Applied Sociology; Sociology of Religion; Health, Illness, & Medicine; and a 3-week summer study abroad course pertaining to sustainability in Japan and a similar course in Scandinavia.
He received the 2009 TCU Michael R. Ferrari Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership. He has been featured on CNN, NPR, and television and radio stations across the nation for his expertise on how technology impacts American culture. He received his B.A. from Ouachita Baptist University in Sociology and his doctorate in Sociology from the University of North Texas. His dissertation pertained to medical sociology and the predisposing social indicators for being uninsured in the U.S.