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. His primary research/teaching interests include the Sociology of Revolutions/Social Movements, Theory, Politics and Religion, Culture, Race, and Development. His scholarship explores the significance of popular culture (especially religion), discourse, events, emotion, and storytelling in (revolutionary) politics. Among other venues, his work has been featured in Theory and SocietyCritical SociologyJournal of Peasant StudiesResearch in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change, and Critical Research on Religion. His most recent publications focus on the Nicaraguan revolution published at Lexington Books and the affinities between religion and socialism published in Critical Research on Religion.

He is presently a Research Associate at 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.


  • Religion in Rebellions, Revolutions, and Social Movements, co-edited volume with Warren Goldstein, presently under contract at Routledge, with an expected publication date of October 2021.
  • “Liberation Theology as Critical Theory in Latin America” with Luis Martínez Andrade.
  • “Saint Paul, Theology, and Revolution.”
  • “Emotions in Radical Movements: A Comparative Analysis.”


  • Revolutions/Social Movements
  • Classical and Contemporary Theory
  • 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: Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOC 502: Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • SOC 530: Sociology of Culture
  • SOC 555: Social Movements
  • SOC 557: Revolutions


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

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).

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