My name is Jonathan Coley, and I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University and a Public Fellow at the Public Religion Research Institute. I completed my PhD in sociology at Vanderbilt University.
My research focuses on social movements, politics, religion, education, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity. My current research projects examine LGBTQ activism at Christian colleges and universities; the presence of political, religious, and social activist groups at U.S. colleges and universities (with Gary Adler, Dhruba Das, Jericho McElroy, and Jessica Schachle); local-level church-state relations in the United States (with Gary Adler, Damon Mayrl, and Rebecca Sager); and LGBTQ faith leaders in the United States (with Joseph Anthony).
My past research projects examined participation in the Nashville civil rights movement (with Larry Isaac, Dan Cornfield, Dennis Dickerson, and James Lawson); culture and the early U.S. labor movement (with Larry Isaac, Quan Mai, and Anna Jacobs); and membership in the Sierra Club (with Quan Mai and Jessica Schachle).
My first book, Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities, was published by The University of North Carolina Press and received the 2018 Distinguished Book Award from the Mid-South Sociological Association. My research has also been published in journals such as American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Sociological Forum, Mobilization, Sociology of Religion, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Sociology of Education.
Interested readers can learn more about my research and teaching at the links above. For a full list of my published and working papers, please see my CV. Finally, click here to view my department webpage.