ISABELLA KASSELSTRAND Assistant Professor of Sociology

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ISABELLA KASSELSTRAND
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO 81501
[email protected]
970-248-1281
EDUCATION
2013
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Doctoral Dissertation: “‘Tell the Minister Not to Talk About God:’ A
Comparative Study of Secularization in Protestant Europe”
Committee: Dr. Phil Zuckerman (external examiner), Dr. Lindsay Paterson,
(internal examiner), Dr. Michael Rosie, and Dr. Barbara Bompani
(supervisors)
Funding: School of Social and Political Science Graduate School
Scholarship (2011 - 2013)
2009
M.A., Sociology, California State University, Bakersfield, GPA: 4.0
Master’s Thesis: “Belief or Tradition? The Role of Religion in Sweden”
Committee: Dr. Alem Kebede (chair), Dr. Rhonda Dugan, and Dr. Doreen
Anderson-Facile
2008
B.S., (summa cum laude) Economics, California State University,
Bakersfield, GPA: 3.95
2006
Corporate Law and Economics with a concentration in French, University of
Linköping, Sweden
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Sociology of Religion, Secular Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies, Quantitative Methods and
Analysis, Research Methods, Mixed Methods, Introduction to Sociology, Global Sociology,
Diversity and Inequality, Social Theory, Social Psychology, Nationalism and National Identity
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colorado Mesa University
2014-present
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Full-Time Lecturer in Sociology, California State University Bakersfield
2013-2014
Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh
2012-2013
Lecturer in Statistical Literacy, University of Edinburgh
2012
Teaching Assistant and Lab Instructor, University of Edinburgh
2010-2012
Instructor in Sociology, California State University Bakersfield
2010
Teaching Assistant in Sociology, California State University Bakersfield
2009-2010
Sociology and Economics Tutor, California State University Bakersfield
2008-2009
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, United States
Social Problems: Fall 14
Social Inequality: Fall 14
Global Sociology: Fall 14
General Sociology: Spring 15
General Sociology (online): Spring 15
Sociological Research Methods: Spring 15
Introduction to Sociological Inquiry: Spring 15
California State University, Bakersfield, United States
Research Methods in Sociology: Spring 14
Cultural Geography (online): Fall 13, Winter 14, Spring 14
Diversity and the U.S. Educational System (online): Fall 13, Winter 14
Sociology of Religion: Winter 14
Classical Sociological Theory: Fall 13
Introduction to Sociology: Winter 09, Spring 10
Quantitative Analysis: Winter 10
Directed Study in Teaching Sociology: Spring 10, Fall 13, Spring 14
The Meaning of Death (Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies): Winter 10
Sex, The Life-Course, and Human Population (online): Fall 09
Master’s Thesis Committee Member
2013-2014
Amy Andrada - “The Illegitimacy of Single Parents: The Consequences of a Deficit Identity and
the Effects of Social Exclusion.”
Actively participated in course and curriculum transformations for Social Geography; Sociology
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of Religion; Neighborhood and Community; Diversity in the US Educational System. Diversity
and Research Ethics Seminar; Program Evaluation, Design, and Analysis; and Graduate
Seminar in Organizational Sociology.
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, United States
Diversity and the U.S Educational System (online through CSU Bakersfield Extended University
Program): Winter 14
University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Statistical Literacy : Fall 12
Core Quantitative Data Analysis (graduate level): Fall 10, Fall 11, Fall 12
Fast Track Intermediate Quantitative Analysis (for PhD students): Summer 12
Secondary Data Analysis (graduate level training course): Summer 12
The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society: Fall 10, Fall 11
PUBLICATIONS
Kasselstrand, Isabella. “Non-Believers in the Church: A Study of Cultural Religion in Sweden.”
Under Review at Sociology of Religion.
Kasselstrand, Isabella. (forthcoming) “Lived Secularity: Atheism, Indifference, and the Social
Significance of Religion.” In Beyond Religion, edited by Phil Zuckerman. MacMillan
Publications.
Kandlik Eltanani, Mor and Isabella Kasselstrand. (forthcoming) “PhD and Friendships” In
Postgraduate Study in the United Kingdom: Surviving and Succeeding, edited by Chris
McMaster, Caterina Murphy, Sue Cronshaw, and Natasha Codiroli-McMaster.
Kasselstrand, Isabella and Mor Kandlik Eltanani. 2013. “Church Affiliation and Trust in the
State: Survey Data Evidence from Four Nordic Countries.” Nordic Journal of Religion and
Society, 26(2):103-119.
Grammy, Abbas and Isabella Kasselstrand. 2013. “Factors Hindering Religious Freedom:
International Evidence.” International Journal of Business and Social Science, 4(13):44-49.
Kasselstrand, Isabella. 2012. Book Review: “Secularization and Its Discontents,” by Rob
Warner. Secularism and Nonreligion, 1:iii-iv
WORK IN PROGRESS
Kasselstrand, Isabella. “Spirituality as a Secular Matter: Meanings and Trends from Northern
Europe.” Anticipated submission date: Summer 2015.
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Kasselstrand, Isabella and Mor Kandlik Eltanani. “Church Attendance and Generational Shifts:
Patterns and Experiences in Scotland and Sweden.” Anticipated submission date: Fall 2015.
CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
“Belonging without Believing: Secular Functions of Churches in Northern Europe.” NonReligion and Secularity Research Network International Conference, November 2014.
Claremont, CA.
Convener: “Spirituality and Morality.” Non-Religion and Secularity Research Network
International Conference, November 2014. Claremont, CA.
“Spirituality as a Secular Matter: Meanings and Trends from Northern Europe.” Pacific
Sociological Association Conference, March 2014. Portland, OR.
“Non-Attendance and Generational Shifts: Diverse Patterns of Secularization in Scotland and
Sweden.” New Directions Conference at University of Edinburgh, April 2013, Edinburgh, UK.
“Between Believing and Belonging: A Comparative Study of Secularization in Protestant
Europe.” New Direction Conference at University of Edinburgh, April 2012, Edinburgh, UK.
“‘I’m Protestant, but I Don’t Believe in God’: The Church as Cultural Identity in Sweden."
Pacific Sociological Association Conference, March 2012. San Diego, CA.
“The Fluidity of Meanings and the Study of Religion: The Value of Integrating Social
Constructionist Ideas in Quantitative Research." Pacific Sociological Association Conference,
March 2012. San Diego, CA.
“Becoming an Atheist: The Process of Reconstructing a Religious Identity in the Swedish
Society.” California Sociological Association Conference, November 2009. Berkeley, CA.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Research Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Ailsa Henderson
2012-2013
Research assistant for a quantitative methods project involved with developing a quantitative
data analysis course for universities across the United Kingdom. The project is funded by a grant
from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Research Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Rosie
2012-2013
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Assisted the sociology department with data entry and analysis of course and degree feedback
forms as well as produced reports of the results.
Corporation for Standards and Outcomes, Laguna Hills, CA
2009-2010
Research Associate
Performed quantitative analysis on data from programs that provide services related to
school readiness, health and wellness, and parent education, to families residing in Kern County,
California. Implemented new and revised tools for performance evaluation as well as trained
program directors on how to use them.
Norstat AB, Linköping, Sweden
2006-2007
Research Assistant
Conducted consumer interviews to seek responses regarding a variety of issues including
political views, consumer product preferences, and opinions about advertisements. Entered data
from paper surveys into electronic data systems to run reports for clients.
INVITED TALKS AND GUEST LECTURES
“Atheism and Secularity” Invited to speak for Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers.
Grand Junction, CO. December, 2014.
“Secular Church Belonging in Northern Europe” Invited to speak for Humanists Doing Good.
Grand Junction, CO. November, 2014.
“Religious Affiliation and Confidence in the US Government” (with Shanell Sanchez). Social
and Behavioral Sciences Conversation Series at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO.
October, 2014.
“Secularization in Sweden.” Guest lecture in the undergraduate course Sociology of Religion at
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO. September, 2014.
“Sacred and Secular: Cultural Religion in Sweden.” Invited to speak for Bakersfield Skeptics
Society. Bakersfield, CA. March, 2014.
“Statistical Literacy.” Guest lecture in the undergraduate course Research Methods at California
State University, Bakersfield. February, 2014.
“Cultural Religion in Sweden.” Sociology Speaker Series at California State University
Bakersfield,” October, 2013.
“Meet the World: Sweden.” Guest lecture in the undergraduate course Meet the World at
California State University, Bakersfield. October, 2013.
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“Summary Statistics in Excel and SPSS.” Guest lecture in the graduate level course Quantitative
Methods in the Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Bakersfield. September, 2013.
“Church Affiliation and Trust in the State: Survey Data Evidence from Four Nordic Countries.”
(with Mor Kandlik Eltananti), Postgraduate-Staff Seminar at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
November 2012.
“Social Constructionism, Quantitative Methods, and the Study of Religion.” Invited to speak in
the graduate course on Religion and Global Society, University of Edinburgh, UK. March, 2012.
“Sociology of Religion and Identity Formation.” Sociology Graduate Forum, California State
University, Bakersfield. March, 2009.
TECHNICAL REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
Wang, Jianjun, Theresa Martinez, and Isabella Kasselstrand. 2010. “First 5 Kern Annual Report”
(Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2008-2009). Corporation for Standards and Outcomes,
Bakersfield, California
“Overview of the Annual Report of Findings: Measurement Outcomes in Program Areas.”
Presentation made with Jianjun Wang and Theresa Martinez at First 5 Kern Commission
Meeting, February 2010.
“Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Implementation and Scoring of the Third Edition.” Provided
training in multiple workshops on the parent-completed child monitoring system for school
readiness programs within First 5 Kern County, California, May-June, 2010.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Leslie Myers Faculty Development Workshop. Colorado Mesa University. 2014.
Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum. California State University Bakersfield. 2013.
Dr. McGuire Faculty Workshops. California State University Bakersfield. 2013.
UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, United States
Sociology Position Search Committee Member
2014-present
English Position Search Committee Member
2014-present
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Sociology Club Faculty Advisor
2014-present
Financial Literacy Committee Member
2014-present
Tutorial Services Advisory Committee Member
2014-present
Social and Behavioral Sciences Scholarship Committee Member
2014-present
California State University, Bakersfield, United States
Quarter to Semester Course and Curriculum Transformation
2014
President for the International Students Club
2006-2007
University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Facilitator for End of First Stage Review Course
2012
Facilitator for Sociology Widening Participation Workshops
2010-2013
Personal Tutor in Research Methods and the Sociology of Religion
2010-2011
HONORS AND AWARDS
Colorado Mesa University Professional Development Grant
Grant awarded for conference travel expenses
2014
School of Social and Political Science Graduate School Scholarship
PhD tuition fees and research expenses, University of Edinburgh
2011 - 2013
Graduate School of Social and Political Science Conference Grant
University of Edinburgh
2012
Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society (Sociology)
2009
Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society (Economics)
2008
Academic Honors, Summa Cum Laude (Economics)
2008
Alpha Chi Honor Society (Academic Excellence)
2007
California Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic Award
Recipient (Academic Excellence)
2007
Dean’s List (Economics, Sociology)
2006-2009
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California State University, Bakersfield
Full Division I Athletic Scholarship (Tennis and Track & Field)
California State University, Bakersfield
2006-2009
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network
2014-present
Association for the Sociology of Religion
2013-present
Applied Quantitative Methods Network
2012-present
Pacific Sociological Association
2011-present
California Sociological Association
2009-2011
ACADEMIC REFERENCES
Dr. Phil Zuckerman, Professor of Sociology and Secular Studies, Pitzer College
Dr. Michael Rosie, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Barbara Bompani, Senior Lecturer in African Development, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Alem Kebede, Professor of Sociology, California State University, Bakersfield
Dr. Vandana Kohli, Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and Professor of
Sociology, California State University, Bakersfield
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