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Ph.D. Sociology, In Progress, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Dissertation: "Modern but Not Meaningless: Investigating Lived Non-religion at the Sunday Assembly."

M.A. Sociology, 2012, Portland State University
Thesis: "Atheist Scripts in a Nation of Religiosity: Identity Politics within the Atheist Movement." 

B.A. Sociology and Journalism, 2009, University of Wyoming

Areas of Interest

culture, non-religion/religion, civic engagement, mixed methods


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. 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 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.

Evan Stewart, Jacqui Frost, and Penny Edgell. 2017. "Intersectionality and Power: Notes from the Editors." Introduction to special issue of Secularism & Nonreligion

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.

Fellowships and Awards

Anna Welsch Bright Research Award, University of Minnesota. 2018

Edelstein Fellowship, American Mosaic Project. 2014-2017

Summer Research Fellowship, American Mosaic Project. 2015

Ron Anderson Technology and Social Cohesion Award. 2014. Group award for The Society Pages graduate board

Sociology Department Fellowship, University of Minnesota. 2013-2014


Assistant Editor, Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network Blog, Jan. 2017 - present. 

Managing Editor, The Society Pages, 2016 - 2018
     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. 

Professional Presentations

2018. “The Limits of Rationality: Pushing Back Against Rationalized Systems with a Moral Logic of Care,” with Penny Edgell. Forthcoming at Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting: 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 Meeting: Chicago, IL.

2015. "Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Organizing Atheist Church in Minneapolis/St. Paul." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting: 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 Meeting: San Diego, CA. 

Invited Talks

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 Appointments

Research Assistant, Nonverts: A Survey of America's Ex-Religious Landscape, Aug. 2017 - Dec. 2017
  Principle Investigator: Stephen Bullivant, PhD
     Conducted interviews for book project

Research Assistant, Talking About Social Controversies Project, University of Minnesota, Jan. 2017 - August 2017
  Principle Investigators: 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
   Data management and analysis; literature reviews; manuscript editing

Program Evaluator, Healthy Families Initiative, St. Stephens Human Services, Minneapolis, MN, Jan. 2015 - 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 2014 - 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 candidate
   Transcribed over 100 interviews; aided in 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


Metropolitan State University
          -GNDR 201: Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies (Spring 2018)

     University of Minnesota
          -SOC 1001: Introduction to Sociology - Online course (Summer 2017)

Graduate Teaching Assistant:
     University of Minnesota
           -Atheists and Others in the U.S. (Fall 2017)
           -Introduction to Sociology - Discussion Section leader (Spring 2014)
           -Love, Sex, and Marriage (Fall 2013)

     Portland State University
           -Sociology of the Family - Online hybrid course (Spring 2012)
           -Sociology of Mental Illness (Spring 2012, Spring 2011)
           -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)

Private Tutor
     McNamara Academic Center, University of Minnesota, June 2015 - Dec. 2016
       Student-athlete tutor for sociology, statistics, and writing

     WyzAnt Tutoring, September 2012 - Dec. 2016
       Private tutor for high school/college study skills, paper writing, ACT/SAT/GRE test prep

Guest Lecturer

   2017. "The History, and Sociology, of Secularism." Invited lecture for undergraduate class Atheists and Others in the
University of Minnesota.

   2016. "Methods and Measurement in the Sociology of Religion and Non-religion." Invited lecture for undergraduate class
   Introduction to Sociology, University of Minnesota. 

   2015. "Studying Non-religion with Survey Data." Invited lecture for undergraduate class Sociological Research Methods,
   University of Minnesota.

Professional Affiliations

American Sociological Association
Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Midwest Sociological Society