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Jonathan Coley

Academic Biography:
I am a sociologist who focuses on how societal institutions are responding and adapting to an increasingly diverse, multicultural society. I am especially interested in progressive movements in conservative settings. For example, my current book project focuses on LGBT activism at Christian colleges and universities. I am also actively engaged in research on civil rights movements in the Jim Crow South (with Larry Isaac, Dan Cornfield, Dennis Dickerson, and James Lawson) and labor movements in the southern United States (with Larry Isaac, Quan Mai, and Anna Jacobs).

Research Interests:
Social movements, political sociology, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, religion, culture

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
Coley, Jonathan S. 2017. "Reconciling Religion and LGBT Rights: Christian Universities, Theological Orientations, and LGBT Inclusion." Social Currents 4(1): 87-106. (Online first in 2016.)

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

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

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

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

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

Coley, Jonathan S. 2013. "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.

Isaac, Larry W., Daniel B. Cornfield, Dennis C. Dickerson, James M. Lawson Jr., and Jonathan S. Coley. 2012. “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.

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

Courses Taught:
SOCI 102 Social Problems
SOCI 251 Criminology
SOCI/RELG 288 Sociology of Religion
SOAN 302 Methods of Social Research
SOAN 310 Internship in Sociology/Anthropology
SOCI 355 Social Movements
INTG 401 Citizenship: Building Communities

B.A. in Political Science, Samford University, 2010
M.A. in Sociology, Vanderbilt University, 2013
Ph.D. in Sociology, Vanderbilt University, 2016

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 3 Wallace Hall