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 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 Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), a national sociological organization.

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)


  • Invited contribution for The Elgar Companion to Antonio Gramsci, “Intellectuals, ideology and the ethico-political,” with Carlos Garrido.
  • Invited contribution for Religions, “Liberation Theology as Critical Theory in Latin America” with Luis Martínez Andrade, Visiting Professor at São Francisco University, Itatiba, Brazil.
  • “Marxism and Feminism: On Divergences and Commonalities,” with Carlos Garrido (article version)

Future Research (in order of priority)

  • “Religious Events, Emotions, and Revolutionary Mobilization: Iran and Nicaragua Compared” (with Babak Rahimi, Director, Program for the Study of Religion and Global South Studies, University of California at San Diego).
  • “Saint Paul, Theology, and Revolution.”
  • “Religious Storytelling in Revolutions: The Iranian and Nicaraguan Cases Compared.”
  • “Music and Revolution: The Nicaraguan Case.”


  • 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


Forth Reed, Jean-Pierre. “Insurgent Subjectivity: Hope and Its Interactant Emotions in the Nicaraguan Revolution” at Theory and Society.

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

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

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

2017  Reed, Jean-Pierre. “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).

2016  Reed, Jean-Pierre, Rhys H. Williams, and Kathy Ward. “Civil Religious Contention in Cairo, Illinois: Priestly and Prophetic Ideologies in a ‘Northern’ Civil Rights Struggle.” Theory and Society, 45(2), 25-55.