Jean-Pierre (J.-P.) Reed | Sociology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Jean-Pierre (J.-P.) 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 at SIU in 2009. His primary research interests include the Sociology of Revolutions/Social Movements, Theory, Politics and Religion, 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 Critical Research on Religion. His most recent publications focus on religious stories/storytelling and revolution published in Critical Research on Religion, and Civil Rights Activism in Cairo, IL, published in Theory and Society.

Dr. Reed was awarded a Faculty Seed Grant (2013) from the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA) to continue his research on the Nicaraguan revolution. He has received national awards – from the American Sociological Association (2003) and Society for the Study of Social Problems (2002) – for his scholarship on revolutions. He is presently a Research Associate at the Center for Critical Research on Religion, and holds memberships at the Editorial Boards for Critical Sociology, Critical Research on Religion, and PArtecipazione e COnflitto (PaCo), a Working Paper Series at Center of Studies on Politics and Society, University of Salento, Italy.

Current Research

Sandinista Narratives: Religion, Sandinismo, and Emotions in the Making of the Nicaraguan Revolution, presently under contract at Lexington Books, a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield.

"Religion, social movements, rebellions, and revolutions"

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

Areas of Specialization and Interest

  • Revolutions/Social Movements
  • Classical and Contemporary Theory
  • Politics and Religion
  • Culture
  • Comparative-Historical
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Racial Inequality
  • 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 424: Social Movements and Collective Behavior
  • SOC 455: Racial Inequality
  • SOC 501: Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOC 502: Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • SOC 530: Sociology of Culture
  • SOC 555: Social Movements
  • SOC 557: Revolutions

Selected Publications

Reed, Jean-Pierre. 2017. “The Bible, religious storytelling, and revolution: The case of Solentiname, Nicaragua.” Critical Research on Religion, 55(3), 227-250

  • Nominated for the 2018 Distinguished Article Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)

Reed, Jean-Pierre, Rhys H. Williams, and Kathy Ward. 2016. “Civil religious contention in Cairo, Illinois: Priestly and prophetic ideologies in a ‘northern’ Civil Rights struggle.” Theory and Society, 45(2), 25–55

Reed, Jean-Pierre and Sarah Pitcher (graduate student). 2015. “Religion and Revolutionary We-Ness: Religious Discourse, Speech Acts, and Collective Identity in Prerevolutionary Nicaragua.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 54(3), 477–500

Reed, Jean-Pierre. 2013. “Theorist of Subaltern Subjectivity: Antonio Gramsci, Popular Beliefs, Political Passion, and Reciprocal Learning.” Critical Sociology, 39(4), 561-591

Reed, Jean-Pierre. 2013. “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