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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

non-religion, culture, community, religion, civic engagement


Jacqui Frost. "Rejecting Rejection Identities: Negotiating Positive Non-religiosity at the Sunday Assembly." In Organized Secularism, edited by Ryan Cragun, Lori Fazzino, and Christel Manning. Accepted, in press. 

Jacqui Frost and Penny Edgell. "Distinctiveness Reconsidered: Religiosity, Structural Location, and Understandings of Racial Inequality." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Accepted, in press. 

Penny Edgell, Jacqui Frost, and Evan Stewart. "From Existential to Social Understandings of Risk: Examining Gender Differences in Non-religion." Social Currents. Accepted, in press. 

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.

Research in Progress

Jacqui Frost and Penny Edgell. "Rescuing Nones from the Reference Category: Civic Engagement Among the Non-religious in America." Under review. 

Evan Stewart and Jacqui Frost. "Borderlands Beyond the '3Bs': Toward a Relational Measure of Non-religion in Public Life." In progress. 

Jacqui Frost. "Quest as an Orientation to Non-religiosity." In progress.

Fellowships and Awards

Edelstein Fellowship, American Mosaic Project ($45,000). 2014-2017

American Mosaic Project Summer Research Fellowship ($4,000). 2015

Ron Anderson Technology and Social Cohesion Award ($2,500). 2014. (Group award for The Society Pages graduate board)

Sociology Department Fellowship, University of Minnesota ($8,000). 2013-2014


Graduate Editorial Board, The Society Pages, 2013 - present
     Graduate Editor, 2014 - 2016
     Managing Editor, 2016 - present

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

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. 

Presentations/Invited Talks

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. 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.

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

2016. "Engaging the Non-religious in Public Life," with Evan Stewart. Midwest Sociological Association Annual Meeting: Chicago, IL.

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. 

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

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.

2014. "The History, and Sociology, of Secularism." Invited talk for undergraduate class Atheists and Others in the U.S., University of Minnesota.

2012. "Coming out and Keeping Quiet: Identity Deployment Among Portland Atheists." Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting: San Diego, CA. 

Research Appointments

Research Assistant, Talking About Social Controversies Project, University of Minnesota, Jan. 2017 - Present
  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 and 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 and 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

Research Assistant, Examining Race and Ownership Status in Long-Time Businesses and Organizations: Reactions to Gentrification, Portland State University, March 2011 - June 2011
  PI: Daniel Sullivan, PhD
   Conducted background research and interviewed neighborhood residents


Graduate Instructor
University of Minnesota
          -Introduction to Sociology - Online course (Summer 2017)

Graduate Teaching Assistant:
     University of Minnesota
           -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

Professional Affiliations

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