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


  • 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. and Brent J. Schmidt. 2018. American 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. "Give, and It Shall Be Given unto You: The Doctrinal Determinants of Religious Contribution." Manuscript.

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.