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Thomson, Dennis L., 1935-

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1935-

biographical statement

Dennis L. Thompson (born 1935) has been a political science professor at Brigham Young University since 1977. Dennis L. Thomson was raised in Weston, Idaho. His parents moved to Arizona while he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so when he returned he took over the family farm. It was during this period that he met his wife Karen. He graduated from the University of Idaho in political science, received a master's degree from Arizona State University and his doctorate in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Along the way he served as a staff assistant to the governor of Arizona and as an Army Intelligence officer in New York. He entered the Foreign Service of the Department of State and served in Washington D.C., Paris, and London. He served as a member of several United States delegations negotiating treaties on Antarctica, Pan American railroads and north Pacific fisheries. He also served as deputy international secretary of the multilateral working group of NATO ambassadors. He taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Arizona, the University of Utah, and the State University of New York at Binghamton prior to coming to Brigham Young University in 1977. He has been a visiting professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and in the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Strasbourg in France. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at Trinity College in Connecticut. He has served as a consultant to the Arizona and Idaho state legislatures, several Federal government agencies, and county governments in Louisiana, Idaho, Arizona, and New York. He was an advisor to the Constitutional Convention of the Republic of Namibia and has lectured at numerous African universities. He is the author, co-author, or editor of a dozen books, and numerous articles. He has served Brigham Young University as a department chair, associate dean, associate academic vice president, and associate director of the Jerusalem Center. He and his wife, Karen, have seven children.

Citation:
Brigham Young University UA 981 finding aid.

Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:

Dennis L. Thomson articles, 1940-1998

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 981 Series 7 Sub-Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains articles dealing with Professor Thomson's research interests.

Dates: 1940-1998

Dennis L. Thomson booklet and journal research, 1968-1992

 Sub-Series — Carton: 29, Folder: 1-16
Identifier: UA 981 Series 7 Sub-Series 7
Scope and Contents

Contains booklets and journals concerning the research of Dennis L. Thomson.

Dates: 1968-1992

Dennis L. Thomson correspondence, 1970-1997

 Series
Identifier: UA 981 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains both the professional and the personal correspondence of Dennis L. Thomson, 1970-1997.

Dates: 1970-1997

Dennis L. Thomson course papers, 1959-1984

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 981 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains course files of Dennis L. Thomson from 1959 to 1984. Materials include papers used for teaching political science courses.

Dates: 1959-1984

Dennis L. Thomson international research, 1953-1997

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 981 Series 7 Sub-Series 8
Scope and Contents

Contains files of Dennis L. Thomson regarding international research.

Dates: 1953-1997

Dennis L. Thomson papers on Catholic Church, 1953-2006

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 981 Series 7 Sub-Series 5 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains files of Dennis L. Thomson regarding Catholic hierarchy.

Dates: 1953-2006

Dennis L. Thomson papers on Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1924-2006

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 981 Series 7 Sub-Series 5 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains files of Dennis L. Thomson regarding the hierarchy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dates: 1924-2006

Dennis L. Thomson papers on general religion, 1964-1993

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 981 Series 7 Sub-Series 5 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains files of Dennis L. Thomson regarding general research of religion, the state, and the separation thereof.

Dates: 1964-1993

Dennis L. Thomson papers on moral values, 1987

 Sub-Series — Box: 16, Folder: 3-5
Identifier: UA 981 Series 7 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains materials from the moral values files of Dennis L. Thomson. Materials regard a moral values conference in 1987.

Dates: 1987

Dennis L. Thomson papers on Namibia, 1989-1993

 Series — Box: 4, Folder: 1-5
Identifier: UA 981 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains the Namibia files of Dennis L. Thomson from 1989 to 1993. Materials include the Namibian Constitution and other papers.

Dates: 1989-1993

Additional filters:

Type
Archival Record 20
Collection 2
 
Subject
College students' writings 15
Lecture notes 15
Political science 6
Colleges and Universities 5
Education 5