Dr Isabella Kasselstrand
Dr Isabella Kasselstrand

Dr Isabella Kasselstrand

BSc, MA, PhD


Accepting PhDs



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

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



Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Sociology.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Sociology
  • 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?

    Kasselstrand, I.
    Atheism in 5 Minutes. Taira, T. (ed.). Equinox Publishing
    Chapters 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 Africa

    Thomas, K., Kasselstrand, I.
    Frontiers in Political Science, vol. 4, 984310
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Secularization or Alternative Faith?: Trends and Conceptions of Spirituality in Northern Europe

    Kasselstrand, I.
    Journal of Religion in Europe
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Beyond Doubt: The Secularization of Society

    Kasselstrand, I., Zuckerman, P., Cragun, R.
    New York University Press. 240 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Statistical Approaches to Leaving Religion

    Kasselstrand, I.
    Handbook of Leaving Religion. Enstedt, D., Larsson, G., Mantsinen, T. (eds.). Brill, pp. 278-291, 14 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
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Books and Reports

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