Curriculum Vitae

EMPLOYMENT

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

2019-Present, Affiliated Faculty with Religious Studies Program, 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)

2018, Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award for Gay on God’s Campus, Mid-South Sociological Association.

2018, “Best Books of 2018” Recognition for Gay on God’s Campus by QSpirit.net, MereOrthodoxy.com.

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

2017-Present, Honored on Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change‘s “Most Read Articles” list for my article “Social Movements and Bridge Building: Religious and Sexual Identity Conflicts.”

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

2016-Present, Honored on Social Currents’ “Most Read Articles” list for my article “Reconciling Religion and LGBT Rights: Christian Universities, Theological Orientations, and LGBT Inclusion.”

2015, Honoree, Young Scholars in Social Movements, 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.

 

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

2019, Coley, Jonathan S.. “Reframing, Reconciling, and Individualizing: How LGBTQ Activist Groups Shape Approaches to Religion and Sexuality.” Sociology of Religion. (Online first.)

2019, 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. (Online first.)

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, 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.)

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

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. “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.

 

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

Forthcoming, Coley, Jonathan S. “Review of Sexuality, Subjectivity, and LGBTQ Militancy in the United States by Guillaume Marche. Translated by Katharine Throssell.” Mobilization.

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 Wennerhag.” International 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. Garretson.” American 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. Williams.” Mobilization 23(1): 128-129.

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

2016, Coley, Jonathan S.Review of Redeeming Time: Protestantism and Chicago’s Eight-Hour Movement, 1866-1912 by William A. Mirola.” American 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.

 

WORKS UNDER REVIEW

Two invitations to revise & resubmit; one article under initial review.

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS 

In progress, Isaac, Larry W., Jonathan S. Coley, Anna Jacobs, and Quan D. Mai. “Striking News: Discursive Power of the Press, Reputational Costs, and Strike Outcomes in Gilded Age New York and Chicago.” Full draft available.

In progress, 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.” Full draft available.

In progress, Coley, Jonathan S. and Quan D. Mai. “The Ecology of Environmental Association: Density, Spillover, Competition, and Membership in Sierra Club, 1984-2016.” Full draft available.

In progress, Mai, Quan D., Jonathan S. Coley, and Jessica Schachle. “Greening America: Membership in Sierra Club, 1892-2016.” Data collection underway.

In progress, Coley, Jonathan S. “Creating Secular Spaces: Religious Threat and the Formation of Secular Student Alliances at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Partially drafted.

In progress, McElroy, Jericho, and Jonathan S. Coley. “Gun-Free Zones?: Resource Mobilization, Political Opportunities, and Shooting Sports Programs at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Partially drafted.

In progress, Coley, Jonathan S., and Dhruba Das. “A Place of Our Own: Opportunities, Resources, and the Presence of Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim Student Groups at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Partially drafted.

In progress, “The Pro-social and Anti-social Consequences of Social Movements” (with Dakota Raynes and Dhruba Das). Partially drafted.

In progress, “LGBTQ Religious Leaders and Same-Sex Marriage Campaigns in the United States” (with Joseph Anthony). Data analysis underway.

In progress, A Changing Wall: Local Religious Leaders and Church-State Interaction in a New Era (with Gary Adler, Rebecca Sager, and Damon Mayrl). Data analysis underway.

 

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS (EXTRAMURAL)

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 (co-PI with Gary Adler, 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 (co-PI with Gary Adler, 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)

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.

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

2020 (Scheduled), Coley, Jonathan S. Book talk on Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities. AKD Distinguished Lecture at Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, VA (with honorarium).

2019, Coley, Jonathan S. Book talk on Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities. Public lecture & 2 classroom guest lectures at Abilene Christian University. Abilene, TX (with honorarium).

2019, Coley, Jonathan S. Book talk on Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities. The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Lecture at Fordham University. New York, NY (with honorarium).

2018, Coley, Jonathan S.  Book talk on Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities. University convocation & classroom guest lecture at Belmont University. Nashville, TN (with honorarium).

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2020 (Submitted), Coley, Jonathan S., and Dhruba Das. “A Place of Our Own: Opportunities, Resources, and the Presence of Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim Student Groups at U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society. Omaha, NE.

2020 (Submitted), McElroy, Jericho, and Jonathan S. Coley. “Gun-Free Zones?: Political Opportunities, Resource Mobilization, and Shooting Sports Programs at Public U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society. Omaha, NE.

2019, 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.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. New York, NY.

2019, Coley, Jonathan S. “Reframing, Reconciling, and Individualizing: How LGBTQ Activist Groups Shape Approaches to Religion and Sexuality.” (1) UCR Conference on Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion. Riverside, CA. (2) Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. New York, NY.

2019, Coley, Jonathan S. “Mobilizing for Religious Freedom: The Failures and Unintended Consequences of Anti-Gay Activism at a Secular University.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. Atlanta, GA.

2019, Isaac, Larry W., Jonathan S. Coley, Daniel B. Cornfield, and Dennis C. Dickerson. “Pathways to Modes of Movement Participation: Micromobilization in the Early Nashville Civil Rights Movement.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. Atlanta, GA.

2018, Coley, Jonathan S. “Pathways to Activism: Identity and Participation in LGBT Activism at Christian Colleges and Universities.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Philadelphia, PA.

2018, Coley, Jonathan S. “Becoming Activists: The Biographical Consequences of LGBT Student Activism at Christian Colleges and Universities.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA.

2017, Coley, Jonathan S. “Varieties of Activism: The Political, Work, and Family Trajectories of LGBT Student Activists.” Annual Meeting of the Illinois Sociological Association. Decatur, IL.

2017, Coley, Jonathan S, Daniel B. Cornfield, Larry W. Isaac, and Dennis C. Dickerson. “Career Consequences of the Nashville Civil Rights Movement: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Montreal, QC.

2017 & 2018, Coley, Jonathan S. “Theologies of Exclusion: Christian Universities, Theological Orientations, and Discrimination against Sexual Minorities.” (1) Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. Greenville, SC. (2) Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Conference. University of Notre Dame. South Bend, IN.

2016, Cornfield, Daniel B., Jonathan S. Coley, Larry W. Isaac, and Dennis C. Dickerson. “Occupational Activism: Activist Careers after the Nonviolent Nashville Civil Rights Movement.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Seattle, WA.

2016 & 2019, Coley, Jonathan S., and Quan D. Mai. “The Ecology of Environmental Association: Spillover, Competition, and Membership in the Sierra Club.” (1) Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society.  Atlanta, GA. (2) Third Mobilization-SDSU Conference on Social Movements and Nonviolent Protest. San Diego, CA

2015, Coley, Jonathan S. “Divided Over Belonging: Cultural Underpinnings of Commitment to LGBT Religious Activism.” (1) Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference. University of Notre Dame. South Bend, IN. (2) Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Chicago, IL.

2015, Isaac, Larry W., Jonathan S. Coley, Quan D. Mai, Anna Jacobs. “Mass-Mediated Discourse and Worker Strike Success in Gilded Age New York.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA.

2015, Hess, David J., Quan D. Mai, and Jonathan S. Coley. “Fiscal Conservatism and Party Differences in State Legislatures: Bill Characteristics and the Framing of Green Energy Reform.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA.

2014, Coley, Jonathan S. “Reconciling Religion and Sexuality: Predictors of LGBT Inclusive Policies at Christian Colleges and Universities.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.

2014, Isaac, Larry W., Jonathan S. Coley, Daniel B. Cornfield, and Dennis C. Dickerson. “Pathways to, Preparation for, and Participation in the Early Nashville Civil Rights Movement.” (1) Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. Charlotte, NC. (2) Hawaii International Conference on the Social Sciences. Honolulu, HI.

2013, Coley, Jonathan S. “Narrative and Frame Alignment in Social Movements: Labor Problem Novels and the 1929 Gastonia Strike.” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. New York, NY.

2013, Coley, Jonathan S. “Bridge Groups and Religious Change: The Case of LGBT Religious Activism at a Christian University.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. New York, NY.

2012, Coley, Jonathan S. “The Workers’ Theater: The Role of Plays and Musicals in the 1930s Labor Movement.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA.

2011, Coley, Jonathan S. “Theorizing Issue Selection in Advocacy Organizations: A Comparative Analysis of Human Rights Activism around Darfur and the Congo, 1998-2010.” Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Little Rock, AR.

2010, Isaac, Larry W., and Jonathan S. Coley. “Movements, Aesthetics, and Markets: Making the Labor Problem Novel in Dixie.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Atlanta, GA.

 

INVITED CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

2020 (Accepted), Panelist for Thematic Panel on “Queer While at Work: Heterosexism, Transphobia, and Anti-Queerness in Academic Workplaces.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.

2019, Panelist for Salon on “Church and State in Local Politics.” Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. New York, NY.

2019, Respondent for Book Salon (Author Meets Critics) session on Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities. Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. New York, NY.

2019, Panelist for Roundtable on “Preparing to Publish.” Joint Session of ASA Sociology of Religion Section & Association for the Sociology of Religion. New York, NY.

2019, Organizer, Regular Sessions (3) on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. New York, NY.

2019, Presider, Regular Session on “Movement Mechanisms.” Mobilization Conference on Social Movements and Nonviolent Protest. San Diego, CA.

2018, Presider, Roundtable Session on “Religious Leaders and Shifting Religious Landscapes.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Philadelphia, PA.

2017, Presider and Moderator (with Alexi Licata), “Social Sciences Panel I,” Conference of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship. Monmouth, IL.

2017, Presider, Regular Session on “Religion, Gender, and Sexuality.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Greenville, SC.

2015, Presider, Roundtable Session on “LGBT Activism,” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL.

2015, Presider, Roundtable Session on “Social Movements in Action,” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA.

2012, Presider, Regular Session on “Media and Mobilization: Artistic Activism,” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA.

 

MEDIA INTERVIEWS AND COMMENTARY (SELECTED)

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

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

2018, Interview for “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.

2018, Interview on Gay on God’s Campus. Inside Higher Ed.

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

 

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

2020-, Deputy Editor, The Sociological Quarterly (appointed in 2019).

2017-2018, Advisory Editor, Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research.

2015-2016, Contributing Editor, Mobilizing Ideas.

2012-2015, Editorial Associate (full-time), American Sociological Review.

2012-2015, Additional Paid Work for American Sociological Review–Copy Editor (3 articles/issue), Media Liaison, Preparation for ASA Editorial Board Committee, Preparation for ASA Publications Committee.

2012, Coordinating Editor, Work and Occupations 39(4), Special Issue: Precarious Work in Polarizing Times: A Symposium on Arne L. Kalleberg’s Good Jobs, Bad Jobs (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011).

2011-2012, Editorial Assistant (part-time), American Sociological Review.

2011-2016, Book Review Editor, Work and Occupations.

2011-Present, Ad-hoc Reviewer:

  • American Sociological Review
  • Contention
  • Energy Research & Social Science
  • Information, Communication, and Society
  • Irish Journal of Sociology
  • Journal of Family Studies
  • Journal of Homosexuality
  • Journal of Human Rights
  • Journal of Lesbian Studies
  • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research
  • Mobilization
  • Politics, Groups, and Identities
  • Religions
  • Social Currents
  • Social Forces
  • Social Movement Studies
  • Social Problems
  • Sociological Forum
  • Sociological Inquiry
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • The Sociological Quarterly
  • Sociology Compass
  • Sociology of Education
  • The University of Nebraska Press
  • Work and Occupations

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018-Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Oklahoma State University:

  • Collective Behavior and Social Movements (Undergraduate) (scheduled for Spring 2020)
  • Collective Behavior and Social Movements (Graduate) (Fall 2019)
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory (Graduate) (Spring 2019)
  • Religion, Culture, and Society (Undergraduate) (Fall 2018, Fall 2019)
  • Theoretical Thinking in Sociology (Undergraduate) (scheduled for Spring 2020)

2016-2018, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Monmouth College:

  • Citizenship: Building Communities (Fall 2017)
  • Criminology (Fall 2016, Fall 2017)
  • Methods of Social Research (Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
  • Social Movements (Spring 2017)
  • Social Problems (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
  • Sociology of Religion (Fall 2017)

2014-2015, Instructor, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University:

  • Contemporary Social Issues (Maymester 2015)
  • Introduction to Sociology (Summer 2014)

2012-2013, Seminar Facilitator (with Tristan Call), Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University:

  • Food Politics (Fall 2012 & Spring 2013)

2010-2012, Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University:

  • Self, Society, and Social Change (Fall 2010)
  • Social Change and Social Movements in the Sixties (Spring 2011)
  • The Nonviolent Nashville Civil Rights Movement (Fall 2010)
  • Women and Work (Fall 2011)

*NOTE: Professional, university/departmental, and community service not included on this online CV. For a full PDF version of my CV, please see my department web page.