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); formation of social, political, and religious activist groups at U.S. colleges and universities (with Dhruba Das and Jericho McElroy); political mobilization by LGBTQ religious leaders (with Joseph Anthony); 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, and Sociology of Religion.
I have served the discipline in several capacities, including through past service as editorial associate for American Sociological Review and book review editor for Work and Occupations. Currently, I serve as deputy editor for The Sociological Quarterly.
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.