Jeremy N. Thomas, Ph.D.

Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies and
Associate Professor of Sociology, Idaho State University, teaching / university, research / editorial


Curriculum Vitae

I research sexuality, deviance, and the body. I am especially interested in experiences, meanings, and identities related to: pornography and sex work; BDSM, kink, and fetish sexuality; sexual consent, abuse, assault, rape, and murder; and body modification, ritual violence, and self-injury. 

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Williams, D J, Jeremy N. Thomas, and Michael Arntfield. “An Empirical Exploration of Leisure-Related Themes and Potential Constraints across Descriptions of Serial Homicide.” Leisure Sciences.

Thomas, Jeremy N. and D J Williams. “Fucking with Fluids and Wet with Desire: Power and Humiliation Using Cum, Piss, and Blood.” in Radical Sex Between Men: Assembling Desiring-Machines, edited by David Holmes, Stuart J. Murray, and Thomas Foth, 142–150. London: Routledge.


Thomas, Jeremy N., Becka A. Alper, and Shane A. Gleason. “Anti-Pornography Narratives as Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: Religious Variation in the Effect that Pornography Viewing Has on the Marital Happiness of Husbands.” Review of Religious Research 59(4):471–497.

Williams, D J, Jeremy N. Thomas, Emily E. Prior, Susan Wright, and Richard Sprott. “Sex and Pornography ‘Addiction’: An Official Position Statement of the Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS), National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), and The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA).” Journal of Positive Sexuality 3(3):40–43.  

Williams, D J, Jeremy N. Thomas, Emily E. Prior, Christina Amezquita, and Dominee Hall. “Social Work Practice with Clients that Enjoy Participation in Consensual BDSM: Identifying and Applying Strengths.” Journal of Positive Sexuality 3(1):12–20.


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

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.

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. “Exploring Sexual Diversity: A Case Report on the Application of Habanero Pepper Juice during Recreational Urethral Sounding.” Journal of PositiveSexuality 2(2):22–26.

Williams, D J, Jeremy N. Thomas. “It’s Only a Matter of Time: Insights for Helping Professionals Working with Non-Monogamous Clients.” Journal of Positive Sexuality 2(2):32–35.


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.

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

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. “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.


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

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.