Originally from Kingsville, Texas, Dr. Angela L. 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.