My research focuses on social movements, politics, religion, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity. My research in these areas examines participation in LGBTQ activism at Christian colleges and universities, participation in the Nashville civil rights movement (with Larry Isaac, Dan Cornfield, Dennis Dickerson, and James Lawson), membership in the Sierra Club (with Quan Mai and Jessica Schachle), political mobilization by LGBTQ religious leaders (with Joseph Anthony), formation of social and religious activist groups at U.S. colleges and universities (with Dhruba Das and Jericho McElroy), and local-level church-state relations in the United States (with Gary Adler, Damon Mayrl, and Rebecca Sager).
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. I have also published my research in journals such as Social Forces, Social Currents, Mobilization, Social Movement Studies, and Sociology of Religion.
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.