My research focuses on social movements, politics, religion, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity. One ongoing line of research examines movements for minority-group inclusion in conservative settings. For example, my book Gay on God’s Campus (The University of North Carolina Press) examines LGBT activism at Christian colleges and universities. The book received the Mid-South Sociological Association’s Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award in 2018. Another project (with Larry Isaac, Dan Cornfield, Dennis Dickerson, and James Lawson) examines civil rights movements in the Jim Crow South.
In a second ongoing line of research (with Gary Adler, Damon Mayrl, and Rebecca Sager), I examine the roles religious organizations play in the public life of their local communities, with a special focus on religious organizations’ interactions with local and state government agencies. We are currently conducting interviews for this project in six communities across the United States.
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.