R.G. Cravens


Assistant Professor


  • LGBTQ Politics
  • American Politics
  • Political Theory


  • POLS 230: Basic Concepts of Political Thought
  • POLS 338: Critical Issues in American Politics
  • POLS 351: Public Policy and Administration

Contact Information


Dr. Cravens’ (he/his) research examines political attitudes and participation among LGBTQ people. Although a politically distinct group, LGBTQ people are not politically monolithic. Even among minority groups, identity cleavages, socialization, psychology, religion, and economic difference, among others, interact to shape individual-level political decisions. Dr. Cravens explores how these interactions influence identity development and political activity among LGBTQ people. Most recently, his work has focused on the persistence of ideological conservatism among this traditionally progressive group, the effects of marginalization across sexual and racial identities on political participation, and how religion influences the political attitudes and behavior of LGBTQ people.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Tennessee, 2017
  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Tennessee, 2014
  • B.A. in Political Science, Sewanee: The University of the South, 2010
  • A.A. Magna Cum Laude in Political Science, Roane State Community College, 2006

Selected Publications

Cravens, R.G. 2020. “The Tipping Point: Examining the Effects of Heterosexist and Racist Stigma on Political Participation.” Social Politics. Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxaa009.

Cravens, R.G. 2019. “The View from the Top: Social Acceptance and Ideological Conservatism among Sexual Minorities.” Politics, Groups, & Identities.  

Cravens, R.G. 2018. “The Politics of Queer Religion.” Religion & Politics 11(3):576-623. 

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