Curriculum Vitae (Web)

EMPLOYMENT

2022-Present, Associate Professor of Sociology (with tenure), Oklahoma State University.

2019-Present, Affiliated Faculty with Religious Studies Program, Oklahoma State University.

2018-2022, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Oklahoma State University.

2016-2018, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Monmouth College.

 

EDUCATION

2016, Ph.D. in Sociology, Vanderbilt University.

2013, M.A. in Sociology, Vanderbilt University.

2010, B.A. with University Honors in Political Science (summa cum laude), Samford University.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS (SELECTED)

2023, Distinguished Scholarly Article Award–Honorable Mention for “Striking News” (American Journal of Sociology), Section on Labor and Labor Movements, American Sociological Association.

2023, Best Paper Award–Honorable Mention for “Striking News” (American Journal of Sociology), Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology, American Sociological Association.

2023, Outstanding Article Award–Honorable Mention for “Striking News” (American Journal of Sociology), Theory Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems.

2023, IRB Certificate of Excellence, Oklahoma State University (for “dedication to ethical research practices”).

2023, Maggie Kuhn Award, YALC Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems.

2022, Distinguished Article Award for “Religion at the Frontline” (Sociology of Religion), Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

2022, Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence, College of Arts and Sciences, Oklahoma State University.

2019, President’s Award for Research, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

2018, Distinguished Book Award for Gay on God’s Campus (University of North Carolina Press), Mid-South Sociological Association.

2018, Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Recognition, Center for the Study of Religion & Society, University of Notre Dame (included travel grant).

2017, Joan R. Gunderson ’68 Junior Faculty Award, Monmouth College.

2015, Young Scholars in Social Movements Recognition, Center for the Study of Social Movements, University of Notre Dame (included travel grant).

2012-2015, Marion T. Loftin Scholarship, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University (scholarship for research productivity).

2011, Emerging Leadership Award, Human Rights Campaign – Nashville.

2010, Pi Sigma Alpha Award, Samford University (top political science graduate).

2009, Dorothy G. Baker Campus Leadership Award, United Nations Association USA – Greater Birmingham Committee.

2009, National Finalist, Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

2008, Winner, Essay Contest, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

 

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS (EXTRAMURAL)

2022-2025, National Science Foundation Grant (PI: Jonathan S. Coley): “Collaborative Research: Local Government Officials and the Management of Religion-State Relationships in a New Era.” $114,133. (Part of a larger collaborative linked grant with Gary Adler, Damon Mayrl, Eric Plutzer, and Rebecca Sager totaling $567,773).

2021-2022, Public Religion Research Institute: Public Fellows Program, Collaborative Grant (PIs: Jonathan S. Coley, R.G. Cravens): “Representations of Religion in LGBTQ Popular Media.” $12,000.

2020-2021, Association for the Sociology of Religion: Joseph H. Fichter Research Grant (PI: Jonathan S. Coley; co-PI: Joseph Anthony): “Pathways to Leadership in Pro-LGBTQ Faith Organizations in the United States.” $3,000.

2019-2020, The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin & the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action: President’s Award (PI: Gary Adler; co-PIs: Jonathan S. Coley, Damon Mayrl, and Rebecca Sager): “The Contexts and Beliefs of Bureaucrats: Regulation of Local Church-State Relationships in a New Era.” $10,000.

2019, Louisville Institute Project Grant for Researchers #2019024 (PI: Gary Adler; co-PIs: Jonathan S. Coley, Damon Mayrl, and Rebecca Sager). “A Changing Wall: Local Religious Leaders and Church-State Interaction in a New Era.” $29,865.

 

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS (INTRAMURAL)

2022, College of Arts and Sciences Fall Travel Grant, Oklahoma State University. $1,200.

2020, College of Arts and Sciences Research (ASR) Grant, Oklahoma State University. One-month summer salary.

2017, Faculty Development Grant, Monmouth College, $1,000.

2015-2016, Dissertation Fellowship, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University. $26,250.

2012-2013, Seminar Grant, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University. $3,500.

2012-2015, Conference Travel Grants (6), Department of Sociology & Graduate School, Vanderbilt University. $250-$1,000/year.

2011, Summer Research Fellowship, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University. $2,200.

2011, 2014, Small Research Grants (2), Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University. $150, $500.

2009, Summer Research Fellowship, Alabama Power Foundation. $4,000.

 

BOOKS

2018, Coley, Jonathan S. Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press. Online supplements available at the official book page.

 

ARTICLES

2024, Avishai, Orit, Jonathan S. Coley, Golshan Golriz, and Dawne Moon. “How LGBTQ+ People are Creating Change in their Faith Communities.” Contexts 23(1): 24-29.

2023, Coley, Jonathan S., Daniel R. Morrison, Lexie L. Taylor, Jessica L. Schachle-Gordon, and Gabby Gomez. “Gendered Organizations as Heterosexualized Organizations: The Case of Housing, Roommate, and Visitation Policies at Christian Colleges and Universities.” Socius 9: 1-17.

2023, Coley, Jonathan S., Jericho R. McElroy, and Jessica L. Schachle. “Red Schools, Blue Schools? Republican and Democratic Student Groups at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Sociological Forum 38(1): 4-26. (Lead article.)

2023, Coley, Jonathan S., and Jessica L. Schachle. “Occupational Activism and the New Labor Activism: Illustrations from the Education Sector and an Agenda for Future Research.” Work and Occupations 50(3): 420-427.

2022, Isaac, Larry W., Jonathan S. Coley, Quan D. Mai, and Anna W. Jacobs. “Striking News: Discursive Power of the Press as Capitalist Resource in Gilded Age Strikes.” American Journal of Sociology 127(5): 1602-1663.

2022, Isaac, Larry W., Jonathan S. Coley, and Hannah Ingersoll. “Early Labor Movement Strike Violence, the Press, and the Upton Sinclair Hypothesis.” Journal of Labor and Society 25(4): 587-626.

2022, Coley, Jonathan S., Dhruba Das, and Gary Adler. “Creating Sacred Spaces: Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim Student Groups at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Sociology of Education 95(3): 171-188. (Lead article.)

2022, Schachle, Jessica L., and Jonathan S. Coley. “Making Space: Racialized Organizations and Student of Color Groups at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 8(3): 386-402.

2022, Adler, Gary J., Damon Mayrl, Jonathan S. Coley, Rebecca Sager, and Eric Plutzer. “Religion-State Interaction at the Local Level: Key Findings from a Survey of Religion and Local Elected Officials.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 61(1): 217-229. (Online first in 2021.)

2022, Coley, Jonathan S., Daniel B. Cornfield, Larry W. Isaac, and Dennis C. Dickerson. “Social Movements as Schooling for Careers: Career Consequences of the Nashville Civil Rights Movement.” Social Movement Studies 21(3): 255-273. (Lead article; online first in 2020.)

2022, Coley, Jonathan S., and Quan D. Mai (Equal Authors). “The Ecology of Environmental Association: Density, Spillover, Competition, and Membership in Sierra Club, 1984-2016.” Sociological Focus 55(4): 405-427.

2021, Coley, Jonathan S.Creating Secular Spaces: Religious Threat and the Presence of Secular Student Alliances at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Sociological Forum 36(3): 649-667.

2021, Adler, Gary, Selena Ortiz, Eric Plutzer, Damon Mayrl, Jonathan S. Coley, and Rebecca Sager. “Religion at the Frontline: How Religion Influenced the Response of Local Government Officials to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Sociology of Religion 82(4): 397-425. (Lead article of special issue on religion and COVID-19.)

2021, McElroy, Jericho, and Jonathan S. Coley.Gun-Free Zones? Political Opportunities, Resource Mobilization, and Shooting Sports Organizations at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Sociological Inquiry 91(2): 398-425. (Online first in 2020.)

2021, Cornfield, Daniel B., Jonathan S. Coley, Larry W. Isaac, and Dennis C. Dickerson. “The Making of a Movement: An Intergenerational Mobilization Model of the Nonviolent Nashville Civil Rights Movement.” Social Science History 45(3): 469-494.

2021, Coley, Jonathan S.Mobilizing for Religious Freedom: Educational Opportunity Structures and Outcomes of Conservative Christian Campus Activism.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change 44(1): 175-200.

2021, Coley, Jonathan S., and Jessica Schachle. “Growing the Green Giant: Ecological Threats, Political Threats, and U.S. Membership in Sierra Club, 1892-present.” Social Sciences 10(6), article 189.

2020, Isaac, Larry W., Jonathan S. Coley, Daniel B. Cornfield, and Dennis C. Dickerson. “Pathways to Modes of Movement Participation: Micromobilization in the Nashville Civil Rights Movement.” Social Forces 99(1): 281-304. (Online first in 2019.)

2020, Coley, Jonathan S.Reframing, Reconciling, and Individualizing: How LGBTQ Activist Groups Shape Approaches to Religion and Sexuality.” (Based on Christian colleges and universities research.) Sociology of Religion 81(1): 45-67. (Online first in 2019.)

2020, Coley, Jonathan S., and Dhruba Das. “Creating Safe Spaces: Opportunities, Resources, and LGBTQ Student Groups at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Socius 6: 1-12.

2020, Coley, Jonathan S., Dakota Raynes, and Dhruba Das. “Are Social Movements Truly Social? The Prosocial and Antisocial Outcomes of Social Movements.” Sociology Compass 14(8): e12820.

2020, Coley, Jonathan S.Have Christian Colleges and Universities Become More Inclusive of LGBTQ Students Since Obergefell v. Hodges?Religions 11(9), article 461.

2020, Schmitz, Rachel M., Jonathan S. Coley, Christine Thomas, and Anibal Ramirez. “The Cyber Power of Marginalized Identities: Intersectional Strategies of Online LGBTQ Latinx Activism.” Feminist Media Studies 22(2): 271-290.

2018, Coley, Jonathan S. Theologies of Exclusion: Christian Universities and Discrimination against Sexual Minorities.” Sociological Spectrum 38(6): 422-437. (Delayed in production—Published online and in print in 2019.)

2018, Cornfield, Daniel B., Jonathan S. Coley, Larry W. Isaac, and Dennis C. Dickerson. “Occupational Activism and Racial Desegregation at Work: Activist Careers after the Nonviolent Nashville Civil Rights Movement.” Research in the Sociology of Work 32(1): 217-248.

2017, Coley, Jonathan S.Reconciling Religion and LGBT Rights: Christian Universities, Theological Orientations, and LGBT Inclusion.” Social Currents 4(1): 87-106. (Online first in 2016.)

2016, Isaac, Larry W., Jonathan S. Coley, Daniel B. Cornfield, and Dennis C. Dickerson. “Preparation Pathways and Movement Participation: Insurgent Schooling and Nonviolent Direct Action in the Nashville Civil Rights Movement.” Mobilization 21(2): 155-176.

2015, Coley, Jonathan S.Narrative and Frame Alignment in Social Movements: Labor Problem Novels and the 1929 Gastonia Strike.” Social Movement Studies 14(1): 58-74. (Online first in 2014.)

2015, Hess, David J., Jonathan S. Coley, Quan D. Mai, and Lucas R. Hilliard. “Party Differences and Energy Reform: Fiscal Conservatism in the California Legislature.” Environmental Politics 24(2): 228-248. (Online first in 2014.)

2014, Coley, Jonathan S.Social Movements and Bridge Building: Religious and Sexual Identity Conflicts.” (Based on Christian colleges and universities research.) Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change 37(1): 125-151.

2014, Hess, David J., and Jonathan S. Coley. “Wireless Smart Meters and Public Acceptance: The Environment, Limited Choices, and Precautionary Politics.” Public Understanding of Science 23(6): 688-702. (Online first in 2012.)

2013, Coley, Jonathan S.Theorizing Issue Selection in Advocacy Organizations: An Analysis of Human Rights Activism around Darfur and the Congo, 1998-2010.”  Sociological Perspectives 56(2): 191-212

2012, Coley, Jonathan S., and David J. Hess (Equal Authors). “Green Energy Laws and Republican Legislators in the United States.” Energy Policy 48(1): 576-583.

2012, Isaac, Larry W., Daniel B. Cornfield, Dennis C. Dickerson, James M. Lawson, Jr., and Jonathan S. Coley. “Movement Schools and Dialogical Diffusion of Nonviolent Praxis: Nashville Workshops in the Southern Civil Rights Movement.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change 34(1): 155-184.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

2012, Hess, David J., and Jonathan S. Coley. “State Government Votes for Green Energy Laws.” Pp. 231-238 in Good Green Jobs in a Global Economy: Making and Keeping New Industries in the United States. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

 

BOOK REVIEWS AND BLURBS

Forthcoming (2024), Coley, Jonathan S. Blurb for Liberating Lawrence: Gay Activism in the 1970s at the University of Kansas by Katherine Rose-Mockry. University Press of Kansas.

Forthcoming (2024), Coley, Jonathan S. Review of Strategizing against Sweatshops: The Global Economy, Student Activism, and Worker Empowerment by Matthew S. WilliamsWork and Occupations (online first in 2023).

2024, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of How Trump and the Christian Right Saved LGBTI Human Rights: A Religious Freedom Mystery by Cynthia BurackJournal of Church and State 66(1): 72-73. (Online first in 2023.)

2024, Coley, Jonathan S. Blurb for YES GAWD! How Faith Shapes LGBT Identity and Politics in the United States by Royal G. Cravens III. Temple University Press.

2024, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of Making Moral Citizens: How Faith-based Organizers Use Vocation for Public Action by Jack DelehantySocial Forces 102(3): e12.

2021, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism by Taylor PetreyAmerican Religion 3(1): 139-141.

2021,Coley, Jonathan S. Blurb for Come Now, Let Us Argue it Out: Counter-Conduct and LGBTQ Evangelical Activism by Jon Burrow-Branine. University of Nebraska Press.

2019, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of Sexuality, Subjectivity, and LGBTQ Militancy in the United States by Guillaume Marche. Translated by Katharine ThrossellMobilization 24(4): 526-527.

2019, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of Pride Parades and LGBT Movements: Political Participation in an International Comparative Perspective by Abby Peterson, Mattias Wahlström, and Magnus WennerhagInternational Journal of Comparative Sociology 60(5): 376-377.

2019, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of The Path to Gay Rights: How Activism and Coming Out Changed Public Opinion by Jeremiah J. GarretsonAmerican Journal of Sociology 124(6): 1864-1866.

2018, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of Religion and Progressive Activism: New Stories about Faith and Politics, edited by Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. WilliamsMobilization 23(1): 128-129.

2017, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of Pride Parades: How a Parade Changed the World by Katherine McFarland BruceMobilizing Ideas (academic blog).

2016, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of Redeeming Time: Protestantism and Chicago’s Eight-Hour Movement, 1866-1912 by William A. MirolaAmerican Journal of Sociology 122(2): 654-656.

2016, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights by Heather R. White. Mobilizing Ideas (academic blog).

2013, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of Claiming Society for God: Religious Movements and Social Welfare by Nancy Davis and Robert V. Robinson. Mobilization 18(2): 223-224.

2013, Coley, Jonathan S. Review of The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor by Chris Rhomberg. Work and Occupations 40(1): 73-75.

 

EXPERT TESTIMONY

2021, Expert report for Hunter et al. v. U.S. Department of Education.

 

WHITE PAPERS AND RESEARCH REPORTS

Forthcoming, ASA Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People in Sociology (Harry Barber, Kathy Hull, Jamie Budnick, Jonathan S. Coley, Lorena Garcia, and Minwoo Jung). “Public Policy and the Well-being of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth in the United States: A Call for Understanding, Change, and Justice.” American Sociological Association.

2022, Coley, Jonathan S. Many Christian Colleges and Universities Discriminate against LGBTQ Students—and Government Policies Allow Them to Do So. Public Religion Research Institute.

2022, Cravens, R. G., Coley, Jonathan S., and SJ Crasnow. Despite Public Opposition, the Supreme Court May Fundamentally Change the Trajectory of LGBTQ Rights. Public Religion Research Institute.

2020, Alder, Gary, Damon Mayrl, Rebecca Sager, and Jonathan S. Coley. “The Frontline of Church-State Relations: Local Officials and the Regulation of Religion in a New Era.” RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service (University of Texas at Austin), Working Paper Series.

 

EDITORIALS

2021, Long, Michael A., Andrew S. Fullerton, and Jonathan S. Coley. “Letter from the New Editorial Team.” The Sociological Quarterly 62(1): 1.

 

MEDIA INTERVIEWS AND COMMENTARY (SELECTED)

2024, Podcast Interview on “How LGBTQ+ People are Creating Change in their Faith Communities” (with Orit Avishai, Golshan Golriz, and Dawne Moon). American Sociological Association.

2024, Podcast Interview on Gay on God’s Campus. The Annex.

2024, Quoted in “A Rabbi Walks into a Christian University.” Inside Higher Ed.

2024, Quoted in “Faith on Lumpkin: Rev. Haley Lerner Strives for LGBTQ+ Inclusion at Presbyterian Student Center.” Grady Newsource.

2024, Quoted in “Catholic College Fully Embraces LGBTQ+ Students’ Needs.” Inside Higher Ed.

2023, Podcast Interview on Gay on God’s Campus. The Academic Life, New Books Network.

2023, Quoted in “Religious Tradition Butts against Catholic College’s New Trans Policy.” Inside Higher Ed.

2023, Quoted in “2 Catholic Colleges Add Nonbinary Policy.” Inside Higher Ed.

2023, Quoted in “Persecution in the Name of the Lord.” Esquire.

2023, Quoted in “Multnomah Welcomes ‘Not Yet Believers’.” Inside Higher Ed.

2023, Quoted in “They Put their Pronouns in their Email Signatures. Then the University Dismissed Them.Chronicle of Higher Education.

2022, Quoted in “LGBTQ Students Wrestle with Tensions at Christian Colleges.” Associated Press (reprinted by The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Reports, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, and others).

2022, Quoted in “Pro-LGBTQ Clergy Unwelcome at Samford.” Inside Higher Ed.

2022, Quoted in “Is it Possible for a Baptist School to Maintain Top-tier Recognition and Still Discriminate against Gay Students?Baptist News Global.

2022, Quoted in “Mining the Depths of our Differences.” Inside Higher Ed.

2022, Quoted in “Looking Back to Move Things Forward.” Inside Higher Ed.

2022, Quoted in “An Elite Christian College Has Become the Latest Battleground in America’s Culture Wars.” HuffPost.

2022, Quoted in “Progress, Setbacks for LGBTQ+ Rights at Christian Colleges.” Best Colleges.

2022, Research brief (with Dhruba Das and Gary Adler): “2/3 of US Colleges and Universities Lack Student Groups for Muslims, Jews, Hindus or Buddhists.” The Conversation.

2022, Op-ed: “An Unlikely Revolution is Happening at Christian Universities.” The Washington Blade.

2021, Podcast Interview on Gay on God’s Campus. Down the Research Rabbit Hole.

2021, Author Q&A on Gay on God’s Campus. Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education.

2021, Quoted in “Are LGBTQ Students at Christian Schools Discriminated Against? A Lawsuit, Scholarly Studies Say Yes.” Religion News Service.

2021, Quoted in “Being LGBTQ+ on a Christian Campus.” Inside Higher Ed.

2019, Video Interview for “Informing Activists” Project: “How Can Movements Mobilize Inside of Christian Communities?” Mobilizing Ideas.

2019, Quoted in “The Vatican Draws a Line on Gender, and Transgender Catholics Push Back.” Religion & Politics.

2018, Quoted in “Toeing the Line: Christian Colleges Send Mixed Signals to LGBTQ+ Students.” INSIGHT Into Diversity, Oct. 2018, pp. 20-23.

2018, Podcast Interview on Gay on God’s Campus. New Books in Sociology, New Books Network.

2018, Author Q&A on Gay on God’s Campus. Inside Higher Ed.

2015, Blog Post: “After Marriage Equality: LGBT Rights and Religious Freedom.” Mobilizing Ideas.

 

NOTE: Presentations, teaching experience, and professional, university/departmental, and community service not included on this online CV. For my full record, please see the PDF version of my CV.