Jean-Pierre Reed | Sociology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Jean-Pierre Reed

Associate Professor

Jean-Pierre Reed

Office: Faner 3426

Phone: 453-7610



J.-P. Reed received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He joined the Department of Sociology in 2009. His primary research interests include the Sociology of Revolutions/Social Movements, Theory, and Culture. His scholarship explores the significance of popular culture (especially religion), discourse, emotion, and storytelling in (revolutionary) politics. Among other venues, his work has been featured in Theory and Society, Critical Sociology, Journal of Peasant Studies, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change, and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. His most recent work focuses on Civil Rights Activism in Cairo, IL (a manuscript is forthcoming in Theory and Society), religious discourse (a manuscript is forthcoming in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion), and religious storytelling and emotional engagement in the Nicaraguan revolution.

Dr. Reed was recently awarded (2013) a Faculty Seed Grant from the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA) to continue his research on the Nicaraguan revolution. He presently holds memberships at the Editorial Boards of Critical Sociology and the Working Paper Series, Center of Studies on Politics and Society, University of Salento, Italy.

Current Research

“Religious storytelling and revolutionary outlooks in the Nicaraguan revolution.”

Sandinista Narratives: Religion, Sandinismo, and Emotions in the Making of The Nicaraguan Revolution, presently under contract at Lexington Books.

“Revolutionary emotions: A content analysis of emotional engagement for revolution.”

Areas of Specialization and Interest

  • Revolutions/Social Movements
  • Classical and Contemporary Theory
  • Comparative-Historical
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Racial Inequality
  • Culture, Politics and Religion
  • The Sociology of Development

Selection of Courses Taught

Soc 108: Introduction to Sociology

Soc 215: Race and Ethnic Relations in the US

Soc 301: Theory and Society

Soc 490: Racial Inequality

Soc 501: Classical Sociological Theory

Soc 502: Contemporary Sociological Theory

Soc 557: Revolutions

Selected Publications

Reed, Jean-Pierre, Rhys H. Williams, and Kathy Ward.  Forthcoming.  "Civil religious contention in Cairo, Illinois: Priestly and prophetic ideologies in a 'northern' Civil Rights struggle." Theory and Society.

Reed, Jean-Pierre and Sarah Pitcher (graduate student).  Forthcoming.  "Religion and revolutionary we-ness: Religious Discourse, speech acts, and collective identity in pre-revolutionary Nicaragua." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Reed, Jean-Pierre.  2012.  “Theorist of Subaltern Subjectivity: Antonio Gramsci, Popular Beliefs, Political Passion, and Reciprocal Learning.”  Critical Sociology, 39 (4), 561-591

Reed, Jean-Pierre.  2011.  “Religion as Custom and Political Resistance: An Unorthodox Interpretation of EP Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class.”  Critical Sociology 39(2) 239–258

Reed, Jean-Pierre. 2011. “The Structural and Political Roots of Anti-Neoliberalism: The Rise of the New Left in Latin America.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 18, 392-414.