Jeremy N. Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dept. of Sociology, Social Work & Criminal Justice
Idaho State University

Curriculum Vitae

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I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice at Idaho State University. My research interests primarily concern religion, sexuality, deviance, and the body. Much of my recent work has focused on how evangelical Christians are shifting in their thinking about homosexuality, while several of my current projects are focused on how pornography viewing affects marital satisfaction and happiness. 


Alongside research, I enjoy being in the classroom, especially when courses afford the opportunity for rigorous discussion and debate. I regularly teach courses including the Sociology of Religion, Sociology of the Body, Critical Analysis of Social Diversity, Sociological Theory, and Qualitative Methods.

Recent Articles 

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Thomas, Jeremy N., Lauren Crosby, and Jessica Milford. Forthcoming. “Gender Differences Among Self-Reported Genital Piercing Stories.” Deviant Behavior.

Williams, D J, Jeremy N. Thomas, and M. Candace Christensen. Forthcoming. “You Need to Cover Your Tattoos! Reconsidering Standards of Professional Appearance in Social Work.” Social Work.

Thomas, Jeremy N. 2013. “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. 2012. “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. 2012. “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. 2010. “Testing the Strictness Thesis and Competing Theories of Congregational Growth.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49(4):619–39.