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Landon Schnabel

Rosenthal Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cornell University

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About Landon

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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Opinion: "Religion, Not Gender, Is the Key Dividing Line on Abortion," Landon Schnabel, Times Union, May 19, 2022.
Opinion: "More Americans Than Usual Have Been Changing Parties. Why?," Landon Schnabel (with Sean Bock), The Washington Post, December 16, 2021.
Opinion: "Religion Both Helped and Hurt During the Pandemic," Landon Schnabel, Scientific American, April 29, 2021.
Opinion: "Faith, Gender and Abortion Center Stage at Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation," Landon Schnabel, The Hill, October 14, 2020.
Opinion: "Why Some Christians Don’t Believe in Gun Control: They Think God Handed Down the Second Amendment," Landon Schnabel (with Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry), The Washington Post, December 25, 2018.
Quoted by Glenn Kessler in "Pence’s Claim That ‘Religion in America Isn’t Receding. It’s Just the Opposite’," The Washington Post, May 15, 2018.


"Gender, Sexuality, and Religion: A Critical Integrative Review and Agenda for Future Research" (with Eman Abdelhadi, Katherine Ally Zaslavsky, Jacqueline S. Ho, and Angie Torres-Beltran). Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (2022).

Sets forth a critical integrative review of the study of gender, sexuality, and religion.

"From Bat Mitzvah to the Bar: Religious Habitus, Self-Concept, and Women’s Educational Outcomes" (with Ilana Horwitz, Kaylee T. Matheny, and Krystal Laryea). American Sociological Review 87, no. 2 (2022).

Demonstrates and explains why girls raised by Jewish parents are 23% more likely to graduate college.

"Secularism and Fertility Worldwide" Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 7 (2021).

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.

"Opiate of the Masses? Inequality, Religion, and Political Ideology in the United States" Social Forces 99, no. 3 (2021): 979–1012.

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.

"Denial of Service to Same-Sex and Interracial Couples: Evidence From a National Survey Experiment" (with Brian Powell and Lauren Apgar). Science Advances 3, no. 12 (2017).

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.

"The Persistent and Exceptional Intensity of American Religion: A Response to Recent Research" (with Sean Bock). Sociological Science (2017).

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.