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

Areas of Interest

  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociological Theory
  • Comparative-Historical Sociology
  • Russian Studies

Current Courses

  • Senior Thesis Seminar (Soc 495)
  • 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)


Abel, Michael K. 2013. "The Role of Ideological Shift in the Emergence of the American Civil Rights Movement." Social Thought (Социјална Mисао). In Press.

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:

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:

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. "Faith-based Sacrifice: The Impact of Religious Confidence on Giving." Under Review.

Abel, Michael K. Sacred Ties: Why Religion Inspires Confidence, Community, and Sacrifice. 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.