My name is Jonathan Coley, and I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University and incoming Editor-in-Chief of The Sociological Quarterly. I completed my PhD in sociology at Vanderbilt University.
My research examines social movements, politics, religion, education, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity, with an emphasis on activism and inequalities within education and religion. My current research projects examine LGBTQ activism and inequalities at Christian colleges and universities, student activism and inequalities at U.S. colleges and universities, and local-level religion-state relations in the United States.
My past research projects examined biography and history in the Nashville civil rights movement, culture and the early U.S. labor movement, and environmental politics in the United States.
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 in 2018. My research has also been published in journals such as American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Sociological Forum, Mobilization, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Education, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.
My research has been recognized through awards and honors from the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, among others. My research is funded through grants from the National Science Foundation, the Louisville Institute, the Public Religion Research Institute, and more.
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.