Michael K. Abel

Professor of Sociology

Phone Number 208-496-4156

Email Address abelm@byui.edu

Email Address   132E RKS


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington, 2008
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Washington, 2002
  • B.S., Sociology and Russian, Brigham Young University, 2000


  • American Morality
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociological Theory
  • Russia

Current Courses

  • Sociology of Religion (Soc 360)
  • Sociological Theory (Soc 300)
  • Introduction to Sociology (Soc 111)

Other Courses Taught

  • Research Methods (Soc 340)
  • Sociological Analysis (Soc 400)
  • Senior Thesis Seminar (Soc 495)


Abel, Michael K. and Brent J. Schmidt. 2018. America Versus the Ten Commandments: Exploring One Nation's Commitment to Biblical Morality. Murrells Inlet, SC: Covenant Books.

Abel, Michael K. 2013. "Village Ties and Labor Union Formation in Russia, 1861-1917." Social Thought (Социјална Mисао) 77:149-160.

Abel, Michael K. 2011. "Sources of Adolescent Faith: Examining the Origins of Religious Confidence."Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. Volume 7, Article 5: http://www.religjournal.com.

Abel, Michael K. 2008. Contributor to Classroom Activities for Introductory Sociology Courses. Belmont, CA: Thomas Wadsworth.

Abel, Michael K. 2005. "Retention Strategies and Religious Success: A Regional Comparison of American Jews." Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. Volume 1, Article 12: http://www.religjournal.com.

Abel, Michael K. 2000. "Communism and Religiosity: Communism's Influence on Public and Private Devotion in the Soviet Union." Writings 9:61-73.

Works in Progress

Abel, Michael K. From Faith to Works: How Religion Inspires Confidence, Community, and Sacrifice. Book Manuscript.

Schmidt, Brent J. and Michael K. Abel. The Seven Deadly Sins of Highly Destructive People. Book Manuscript.

Kiser, Edgar and Michael K. Abel. "State-Making by Imitation: A Case Study of the Administrative Reforms of Peter  the Great." Manuscript.

Abel, Michael K. "Until Death Do Us Part: Western Conceptions of Marriage and Marital Persistence." Manuscript.