Dr. Jonathan Coley

Contact Information

460 Social Sciences & Humanities
Stillwater, OK 74078-4062
(405) 744-6122
  (405) 744-5780

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  • B.A. in Political Science, Samford University
  • M.A. in Sociology, Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Vanderbilt University

Research Interests

  • Social Movements
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Race and Ethnicity


Jonathan Coley joined the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University in 2018. His research focuses on social movements, politics, and religion. His past and ongoing research in the area of social movements examines participation in LGBT activism at Christian colleges and universities, participation in the Nashville civil rights movement (with Larry Isaac, Dan Cornfield, Dennis Dickerson, and James Lawson), the formation of social and religious activist groups at U.S. colleges and universities (with Dhruba Das and Jericho McElroy), and membership in the Sierra Club (with Quan Mai). In the areas of politics and religion, he is currently carrying out research on local-level church-state relations in the United States (with Gary Adler, Damon Mayrl, and Rebecca Sager). His 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. He has also published his research in journals such as Social Forces, Social CurrentsMobilization, Social Movement Studies, and Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change

Dr. Coley has also provided extensive editorial service to the discipline, including through past work as editorial associate of American Sociological Review and book review editor of Work and Occupations. He will begin serving as deputy editor of The Sociological Quarterly in 2020.