Dr. Jonathan Coley

Contact Information

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

Curriculum Vitae


Spring 2021 Office Hours

Under direction of the 'Cowboy Coming Back' plan, all office hours for Spring 2021 will be held online.
For more information, please contact Dr. Coley through email.

Spring 2021 Class Schedule

SOC 5123 - Contemporary Sociological Theory: MW 2:30pm - 3:45pm CLB 208


  • 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, religion, and sexuality. His current research projects examine LGBTQ activism at Christian colleges and universities; the formation of political, social, and religious activist groups at U.S. colleges and universities (with Dhruba Das, Jericho McElroy, and Jessica Schachle); micromobilization 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); 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). 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 is currently serving as deputy editor of The Sociological Quarterly.