The organization encourages and enhances research, teaching, and other professional concerns in the study of religion and society. This award recognizes a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution to the sociological study of religion early in their career.
"Landon has left a remarkable impression on the committee through his outstanding research accomplishments, exemplary teaching record, and the compelling strength of the collective recommendation letter supporting his nomination," the award committee stated.
Schnabel's work has been recognized by the section on four previous occasions, including last year's distinguished article award.
"Receiving the Early Career Award is an honor that leaves me both humbled and deeply grateful. This award is particularly meaningful because it is not solely a recognition of my individual achievements, but rather a testament to the power of collaboration, mentorship, and collective intellectual endeavor,” Schnabel said.