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

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Jean-Pierre (J.-P.) Reed


Jean-Pierre Reed

Office: Faner 3426

Phone: (618) 453-7610



J.-P. Reed received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He joined Sociology at SIU in 2009. The main thrust of Dr. Reed’s scholarship is focused on understanding revolutionary/political agency, much of it centered on subjective factors: political emotions, popular culture/ideology (e.g., religion), and narrative. His scholarship also underscores the significance of contingency (events) as an equally important dimension of revolutionary/political agency/mobilization. 

Dr. Reed is a Research Associate at the Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamérica (IHNCA) at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Managua, Nicaragua and the Center for Critical Research on Religion; 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; and is an officer at the American Sociological Association (ASA) and Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), national sociological organizations.

Among other journal venues, his work has been featured in Theory and SocietyCritical SociologyResearch in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change, and Critical Research on Religion.


Present Research

  • International collaborator (co-investigator consultant), “Self-Reinforcing Mechanisms of Protest Cycles and Social Outbursts” (“Mecanismos autoreforzantes de los ciclos de protesta y los estallidos sociales”) with Rodrigo A. Asún, Universidad de Chile (National Fund for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile, Fondecyt-Chile, grant # 1220385).

Edited Book Project

  • Social Movements and Positive Emotions: Concepts and Latin American Cases (with Karina Navarro and Rodrigo A. Asún, Universidad de Chile). Under Contract at Routledge.


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


  • 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: Sociological Theory
  • SOC 530: Sociology of Culture
  • SOC 530: Postcolonial Thought: Theory and Latin American Cases
  • SOC 555: Social Movements
  • SOC 557: Revolutions


Reed, Jean-Pierre and Carlos Garrido. Forthcoming. “Intellectuals, ideology and the ethico-political.” In William Carroll (Ed.) The Elgar Companion to Antonio Gramsci. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Reed, Jean-Pierre. 2023. “Insurgent Subjectivity: Hope and Its Interactant Emotions in the Nicaraguan Revolution” at Theory and Society 52 (3), 387-421.

Goldstein, Warren and Jean-Pierre Reed, eds. 2022. Religion in Rebellions, Revolutions, and Social Movements (Routledge).

  • Reviewed in Politics and Religion JournalAmerican Academy of Religion; Journal of Contemporary Religion; Politics, Religion, and Ideology; Mobilization.
  • To be translated and published in Arabic.

Reed, Jean-Pierre. 2020. Sandinista Narratives: Religion, Sandinismo, and Emotions in the Making of the Nicaraguan Insurrection and Revolution (Lexington Books).

  • Reviewed in Acta Sociologica; Mobilization; Contemporary Sociology; Critical Sociology; Revista Herramienta.

Reed, Jean-Pierre. 2020. “Elective Affinities Between Sandinismo (as Socialist Idea) and Liberation Theology in the Nicaraguan Revolution.” Critical Research on Religion, 8(2), 153-177.

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).