Schnabel's research focuses on religion, gender, sexualities, public opinion, social change, and well-being. Schnabel’s motivating theme for research is based on inequality, namely why it exists and how it persists. Schnabel is currently writing a book on the ways religions are gendered and why that matters for politics, including explaining the surprising pattern of women often being no more likely than men to support abortion.
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Sets forth a critical integrative review of the study of gender, sexuality, and religion.
Demonstrates and explains why girls raised by Jewish parents are 23% more likely to graduate college.
Illustrates the importance of societal secularism for fertility rates. Mentions how secularism is associated with population stagnation or even decline, whereas highly religious countries have higher fertility rates that promote population growth.
Provides empirical support for the general “opiate” claim that religion is the “sigh of the oppressed creature” and suppressor of emancipatory political values. Discusses how expanding and refining the theory, shows how religion provides (1) compensatory resources for lack of social, and not just economic, status, and (2) mentions traditional-values-oriented schemas that don't just distract people but shape their politics according to the content of belief systems.
Shows rather than religion fading into irrelevance as the secularization thesis would suggest, intense religion—strong affiliation, very frequent practice, literalism, and evangelicalism—is persistent and, in fact, only moderate religion is on the decline in the United States.
Reveals that religious reasons for denial of business services to same-sex couples elicit no more support than do nonreligious reasons. Mentions religion certainly matters, but only in making religious people more personally opposed to same-sex relationships and more likely to support refusal regardless of whether the refusal was for religious reasons.