Jeremy N. Thomas, Ph.D.

Director of Gender & Sexuality Studies
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dept. of Sociology, Social Work & Criminology
Idaho State University

Research Affiliate
Center for Positive Sexuality

Associate Editor
Journal of Positive Sexuality


Curriculum Vitae

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology at Idaho State University. My research interests primarily concern religion, sexuality, deviance, and the body. With regard to religion, I study the construction, maintenance, and contestation of moral narratives, especially those related to sexuality. With regard to sexuality, I am interested in a wide range of topics including pornography, BDSM, fetish sexuality, sex work and sexual economies, sexual consent, sexual abuse and violence, child pornography, and sex offending. Alongside these topics, I am also interested in deviance and the body including body modification, consensual and ritual violence, and self-injury. 

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Thomas, Jeremy N. “The Development and Deployment of the Idea of Pornography Addiction Within American Evangelicalism.” Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity 23(2–3):182–195.

Williams, D J, Emily E. Prior, Thea Alvarado, Jeremy N. Thomas, and M. Candace Christensen. “Is Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadomasochism Recreational Leisure? A Descriptive Exploratory Investigation.” Journal of Sexual Medicine 13(7):1091–1094.

Thomas, Jeremy N. and D J Williams. “Getting Off on Sex Research: A Methodological Commentary on the Sexual Desires of Sex Researchers.” Sexualities 19(1–2):83–97.


Thomas, Jeremy N. and Andrew L. Whitehead. “Evangelical Elites’ Anti-Homosexuality Narratives as a Resistance Strategy Against Attribution Effects.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 54(2):345–362.

Williams, D J, Jeremy N. Thomas, and Emily E. Prior. 2015. “Moving Full-Speed Ahead in the Wrong Direction? A Critical Examination of US Sex-Offender Policy from a Positive Sexuality Model.” Critical Criminology 23(3):277–294.

Thomas, Jeremy N., Lauren Crosby, and Jessica Milford. “Gender Differences Among Self-Reported Genital Piercing Stories.” Deviant Behavior 36(6):441–462.

Thomas, Jeremy N. “Responding to Academic Critiques of Sex Work: Practical Suggestions from a Sex-Positive Perspective.” Journal of Positive Sexuality 1:16–20.

Williams, D J, Jeremy N. Thomas, Emily E. Prior, and Wendy Walters. “Introducing a Multidisciplinary Framework of Positive Sexuality.” Journal of Positive Sexuality 1:6–11.


Williams, D J, Jeremy N. Thomas, and M. Candace Christensen. “You Need to Cover Your Tattoos! Reconsidering Standards of Professional Appearance in Social Work.” Social Work 59(4):373–375.

Williams, D J, Jeremy N. Thomas, Emily E. Prior, M. Candace Christensen. “From ‘SSC’ and ‘RACK’ to the ‘4Cs’: Introducing a New Framework for Negotiating BDSM Participation.” Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality 17.


Thomas, Jeremy N. “Outsourcing Moral Authority: The Internal Secularization of Evangelicals’ Anti-Pornography Narratives.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52(3):457–75. [Lead Article]


Thomas, Jeremy N. and Daniel V. A. Olson. “Evangelical Elites’ Changing Responses to Homosexuality 1960–2009.” Sociology of Religion 73(3):239–72. [Lead Article]

Thomas, Jeremy N. and Daniel V. A. Olson. “Beyond the Culture War: Managing Sexual Relationships Inside a Congregation of Gay Evangelicals.” Review of Religious Research 54(3):349–70.


Thomas, Jeremy N. and Daniel V. A. Olson. “Testing the Strictness Thesis and Competing Theories of Congregational Growth.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49(4):619–39.