Dr Isabella Kasselstrand

Dr Isabella Kasselstrand
BSc, MA, PhD

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Dr Isabella Kasselstrand
Dr Isabella Kasselstrand

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Isabella Kasselstrand joined the Sociology Department at the University of Aberdeen in December of 2020. 

After completing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh in 2014, she held faculty positions in the United States, most recently as Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at California State University, Bakersfield. She also held a visiting position in Sociology and Secular Studies at Pitzer College. 

As a sociologist of religion, Isabella conducts research on secularization and secularity, including aspects of religious indifference, immigration, social trust, cultural religion, and ritual participation. Using quantitative and mixed methods, her work is broadly comparative and cross-national, with a primary focus on Northern Europe. Scotland and Scandinavia are two contexts of particular interest. Her articles are published in journals such as Sociology of Religion; Journal for the Scientific Study of ReligionSocial Compass; Journal of Contemporary Religion; Nordic Journal of Religion & Society; Secularism & Nonreligion; and Scottish Affairs. She has also contributed chapters to a number of edited volumes.

Isabella has taught and developed a wide range of methods and topics courses across the sociology curriculum, with a particular emphasis on social statistics and quantitative methods. At the University of Abderdeen, she teaches on courses in undergraduate and postgraduate research methods and introduction to sociology. 

PhD Supervision: Isabella is interested in supervising PhD students who have a research interest in the sociology of religion, secularity and nonreligion, and/or who have projects that use quantitative or mixed methods. 

 


External Memberships and Affiliations

Co-Editor (Current)

Secularism & Nonreligion

Editorial Board Member (Current)

Sociology of Religion and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Leadership Roles in Professional Associations (Current): 

Publications and Communications Officer for the British Sociological Association - Sociology of Religion Study Group (Socrel)

Manuscript Reviewer:

Evaluation and Program Planning; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Journal of Contemporary Religion; Journal of Religion in Europe; Journal of Church and State; Nordic Academic Press; New York University Press; Religion and Popular Culture; Religion, Brain, and Behavior; Review of Religious Research; SAGE Open; Scottish Affairs; Secularism & Nonreligion; Social Compass; Sociology of Religion; The Sociological Quarterly

 

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  • Secularization or Alternative Faith? Trends and Conceptions of Spirituality in Northern Europe

    Kasselstrand, I.

    Journal of Religion in Europe

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses: On World Literature and the Logic of the Beneficiary

    Dell'Amico, C., Kasselstrand, I.

    The CEA Critic, vol. 83, no. 1, pp. 4-18

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • What Are the Most Atheistic Societies?

    Kasselstrand, I.

    Atheism in 5 Minutes. Taira, T. (ed.). Equinox Publishing

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Why Do Some Atheists Remain Members of Religious Groups?

    Kasselstrand, I.

    Atheism in 5 Minutes. Taira, T. (ed.). Equinox Publishing

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Secularization among Immigrants in Scandinavia: Religiosity across Generations and Duration of Residence

    Kasselstrand, I., Mahmoudi, S.

    Social Compass, vol. 67, no. 4, pp. 617-636

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience: Atheism in American Culture: Book Review

    Kasselstrand, I.

    Sociology of Religion, vol. 81, no. 3, pp. 351-352

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Secularity and Irreligion in Cross-National Context: A Nonlinear Approach

    Kasselstrand, I.

    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 626-642

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • 'We Still Wanted That Sense of Occasion': Traditions and Meaning-Making in Scottish Humanist Marriage Ceremonies

    Kasselstrand, I.

    Scottish Affairs, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 273-293

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Review:: Religious Indifference: New Perspectives from Studies on Secularization and Nonreligion

    Kasselstrand, I.

    Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 139-140

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Nonfirmands: Danish Youth Who Choose Not to Have a Lutheran Confirmation

    Kasselstrand, I., Zuckerman, P., Westbrook, D., Little, R.

    Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 87-105

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • 'Provide All Women a Voice': A Qualitative Study of First-Generation Mexican Immigrant Women's Experiences with Midwives in the United States

    Sanchez, S., Kasselstrand, I.

    Women's Reproductive Health, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 169-184

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Frisk, Liselott, and Peter Åkerbäck. 2015. New Religiosity in Contemporary Sweden: The Dalarna Study in National and International Context

    Kasselstrand, I.

    Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 73-75

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Nonbelievers in the Church: A Study of Cultural Religion in Sweden

    Kasselstrand, I.

    Sociology of Religion, vol. 76, no. 3, pp. 275-294

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Church Affiliation and Trust in the State: Survey Data Evidence from Four Nordic Countries

    Kasselstrand, I., Kandlik Eltanani, M.

    Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 103–119

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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