PhD. Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2019 (expected)
Dissertation: "Modern but Not Meaningless: Nonreligious Cultures and Communities in the United States."
M.S. Sociology, Portland State University, 2012
Thesis: "Atheist Scripts in a Nation of Religiosity: Identity Politics within the Atheist Movement."
B.A. Sociology and Journalism, University of Wyoming, 2009
Areas of Interest
cultural sociology; religion and nonreligion; identity and community studies; civic engagement; gender
Jacqui Frost and Penny Edgell. 2018. "Rescuing Nones from the Reference Category: Civic Engagement Among the Non-religious in America." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 47(2): 417-438.
Penny Edgell, Jacqui Frost, and Evan Stewart. 2017. "From Existential to Social Understandings of Risk: Examining Gender Differences in Non-religion." Social Currents 4(6): 556–574.
Jacqui Frost and Penny Edgell. 2017. "Distinctiveness Reconsidered: Religiosity, Structural Location, and Understandings of Racial Inequality." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56(2): 277-301.
Jacqui Frost. 2017. "Rejecting Rejection Identities: Negotiating Positive Non-religiosity at the Sunday Assembly." Pp. 171-190 in Organized Secularism in the United States, edited by Ryan Cragun, Lori Fazzino, and Christel Manning. De Gruyter.
Jacqui Frost. "Religion for Atheists? Transhumanism, Mindfulness, and Atheist Churches." Forthcoming in The Cambridge History of Atheism, edited by Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse. Cambridge University Press.
Reviews, Comments, and Essays
Jacqui Frost. Response to "Is Secularism as World Religion?" by Donovan Shaefer. Forthcoming in special feature for Implicit Religion.
Jacqui Frost. 2016. Review of American Secularism: Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems, by Joseph O. Baker and Buster Smith. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55(1): 195-196.
Jacqui Frost. 2015. "Measuring Secularity." Response to "Understanding the Secular," with Phil Zuckerman and John R. Shook. The Religious Studies Project.
Jacqui Frost. 2013-2017. Published 51 short review essays for The Society Pages covering topics like the historical role of women in social movements, the social determinants of volunteerism, the predictable paradox of atheist churches, and the reappropriation of stigmatized labels. Full list and links available on Projects page.
Jacqui Frost. "The Meaning of Uncertainty: Navigating States of Certainty, Questing, and Liminality in Nonreligious Narratives." Manuscript available.
Penny Edgell and Jacqui Frost. "Reasoning with Care: Pushing Back Against Rationalized Systems with a Moral Logic of Care." Manuscript available.
Jacqui Frost. "Conceptions of Community Among the Nonreligious." In development.
Jacqui Frost. "Cultivating Secular Transcendence: Nonreligious Rituals and Scientific Spiritualities." In development.
Fellowships and Awards
2018. Engaged Scholarship Award, University of Minnesota. For work on The Society Pages.
2018. Anna Welsch Bright Research Award, University of Minnesota.
2016. Student Travel Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
2015. Summer Research Fellowship, American Mosaic Project.
2014. Ron Anderson Technology and Social Cohesion Award. Group award for The Society Pages graduate board.
2014. Edelstein Fellowship, American Mosaic Project.
2013. Sociology Department Fellowship, University of Minnesota.
Deputy Editor, Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network Blog, 2018 - present
Assistant Editor, 2017 - 2018
Managing Editor, The Society Pages, 2016 - 2017
Graduate Editor, 2014 - 2016
Guest Editor, Secularism & Nonreligion, Volume 6, 2017. Special Issue Topic: Intersectionality and Power, with co-editors Evan Stewart and Penny Edgell.
Graduate Editor, Assigned: Life with Gender. 2016. Edited by Lisa Wade, Doug Hartmann, and Chris Uggen.
2018. "'My Spirituality is Grounded in Science': Cultivating a 'Scientific Spirituality' Among the Nonreligious." Forthcoming at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Conference: Philadelphia, PA.
2018. "Obligation, Reciprocity, and Trust: Conceptions of Community Among the Nonreligious." Forthcoming at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Conference: Las Vegas, NV.
2018. “The Limits of Rationality: Pushing Back Against Rationalized Systems with a Moral Logic of Care,” with Penny Edgell. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Conference: Minneapolis, MN.
2016. "'I Want to Be an Atheist at Some Point': Quest as an Orientation to Non-religiosity." Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Conference: Atlanta, GA.
2016. "From Existential to Social Understandings of Risk: Examining Gender Differences in Non-religion," with Penny Edgell and Evan Stewart. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Conference: Atlanta, GA.
2016. "Non-religion as Quest: The Collective Search for Positive Non-religious Identities at the Sunday Assembly." Midwest Sociological Association Annual Conference: Chicago, IL.
2015. "Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Organizing Atheist Church in Minneapolis/St. Paul." American Sociological Association Annual Conference: Chicago, IL.
2014. "Atheist Churches: All of the Community with 'None' of the Theology." Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network, 3rd International Conference: Claremont, CA.
2014. “Is Community a Priority for the Non-religious?: Attitudes Toward Civic Engagement Among the ‘Nones’.” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Conference: Indianapolis, IN
2014. "Religiosity and Structural Location: Heterogeneous Effects on Understandings of African American Inequality." Sociology Department Workshop Series, University of Minnesota.
2012. "Coming out and Keeping Quiet: Identity Deployment Among Portland Atheists." Pacific Sociological Association Annual Conference: San Diego, CA.
Invited Talks and Panels
2018. Panelist. “Are the Nones Done with Civic Engagement?” Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship Annual Symposium. Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.
2016. Critic-Participant on Author-meets-Critic panel for Recognizing the Nonreligious: Reimagining the Secular, by Lois Lee. Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Conference: Seattle, WA.
Research Skills and Experience
Research Assistant, Nonverts: A Survey of America's Ex-Religious Landscape, Aug. - Dec. 2017
Principle Investigator: Stephen Bullivant, PhD
Conducted and transcribed interviews for book project
Research Assistant, Talking About Social Controversies Project, University of Minnesota, Jan. - August 2017
PIs: Penny Edgell, PhD, Kathy Hull, PhD
Collection and analysis of focus group data; study design and implementation
Research Assistant, American Mosaic Project, University of Minnesota, May 2015 - Jan. 2017
PIs: Penny Edgell, PhD, Joe Gerteis, PhD, Doug Hartmann, PhD
Survey data management and analysis; literature reviews; manuscript editing
Program Evaluator, Healthy Families Initiative, St. Stephens Human Services, Minneapolis, MN, Jan. - July 2015
PIs: Arturo Baiocchi, PhD, Alain Vandormael, PhD
Conducted ethnographic observations of support groups; interviewed staff members
Research Assistant, Flexible Work and Well-Being Study, University of Minnesota, May - Aug. 2014
PIs: Phyllis Moen, PhD, Erin Kelly, PhD
Conducted qualitative coding using ATLAS; helped draft report to respondents
Research Assistant, Mothers and Families Project: The Impact of Child Reunification on Recidivism for Female Offenders, Portland State University, Sept. 2010 - Aug. 2014
PIs: Melissa Thompson, PhD, Summer Newell, PhD
Transcription and qualitative coding and analysis
Research Assistant, Gender Differences in Drug Use and Crime: Patterns of Continuity and Change, Portland State University, Sept. 2011 - June 2012
PIs: Melissa Thompson, PhD, Chris Uggen, PhD
Constructed a large quantitative data set using census data
Teaching Areas and Experience
Core Courses in Sociology: Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, Social Theory
Electives: Religion and Nonreligion, Gender and Sexualities, Cultural Sociology
University of Minnesota
- SOC 1001: Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2018)
- SOC 1001 (Online): Introduction to Sociology (Summer 2017)
Metropolitan State University
- GNDR 201: Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies (Spring 2018)
Graduate Teaching Assistantships:
University of Minnesota
- Atheists and Others in the U.S. (Fall 2016)
- Introduction to Sociology - Discussion section leader (Spring 2014)
- Love, Sex, and Marriage (Fall 2013)
Portland State University
- Sociology of Mental Illness (Spring 2012, Spring 2011)
- Sociology of the Family - Online hybrid course (Spring 2012)
- Education and Equality: Comparing the U.S. and Japan (Fall 2011)
- Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2011)
- Minorities (Fall 2011)
- Criminology (Winter 2011)
- Sociology of Deviance - Online hybrid course (Fall 2010)
Center for Writing, University of Minnesota, starting Sept. 2018
Student writing consultant for undergraduate and graduate writers
McNamara Academic Center, University of Minnesota, June 2015 - Dec. 2016
Student-athlete tutor for sociology, statistics, and writing
WyzAnt Tutoring, 2012-2016
Private tutor for high school/college study skills, paper writing, ACT/SAT/GRE test prep
American Sociological Association
-Sociology of Culture Section
-Sociology of Religion Section
-Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section
Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Association for the Sociology of Religion
Midwest Sociological Society