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 Religion; Social 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.
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)
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
I am currently accepting PhDs in Sociology.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
- Religion in Society
- Religious Studies
- Social Sciences
- Statistical Modelling
Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.
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Why Do Some Atheists Remain Members of Religious Groups?Atheism in 5 Minutes. Taira, T. (ed.). Equinox PublishingChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1558/equinox.43326
- [ONLINE] Publisher website
What Are the Most Atheistic Societies?Atheism in 5 Minutes. Taira, T. (ed.). Equinox Publishing, pp. 85-87, 3 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
A Long Way to Liberalization, or Is It? Public Perceptions of Women Empowerment in the Middle East and North AfricaFrontiers in Political Science, vol. 4, 984310Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpos.2022.984310
- [OPEN ACCESS] http://aura.abdn.ac.uk/bitstream/2164/19403/1/Thomas_etal_FPS_A_Long_Way_VOR.pdf
- [ONLINE] View publication in Scopus
Secularization or Alternative Faith?: Trends and Conceptions of Spirituality in Northern EuropeJournal of Religion in Europe, vol. 15, no. 1-4, pp. 27-55Contributions to Journals: Articles
Beyond Doubt: The Secularization of SocietyNew York University Press. 240 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses: On World Literature and the Logic of the BeneficiaryThe CEA Critic, vol. 83, no. 1, pp. 4-18Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/cea.2021.0003
Secularization among Immigrants in Scandinavia: Religiosity across Generations and Duration of ResidenceSocial Compass, vol. 67, no. 4, pp. 617-636Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0037768620948478
The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience: Atheism in American Culture: Book ReviewSociology of Religion, vol. 81, no. 3, pp. 351-352Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/socrel/sraa021
Secularity and Irreligion in Cross-National Context: A Nonlinear ApproachJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 626-642Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jssr.12617
Statistical Approaches to Leaving ReligionHandbook of Leaving Religion. Enstedt, D., Larsson, G., Mantsinen, T. (eds.). Brill, pp. 278-291, 14 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters