Dr. Jonathan Coley

Contact Information

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

Curriculum Vitae


Fall 2021 Office Hours

Zoom: TR 1:00pm - 2:30pm
And by appointment.
Face to face: By appointment only.

Fall 2021 Class Schedule

SOC 5323 - Seminar on Collective Behavior and Social Movements: 4:30pm - 7:15pm R - SSH 439
SOC 3713 - Religion, Culture, and Society: 10:30am - 11:45am TR - Stout 044


  • 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
  • Sociology of Education
  • 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, education, sexuality, and race. 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); local-level church-state relations in the United States (with Gary Adler, Damon Mayrl, and Rebecca Sager); and LGBTQ religious leaders in the United States (with Joseph Anthony). 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, Sociological ForumMobilization, Social Movement Studies, and Sociology of Religion

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.