Chair, Associate Professor of Sociology
Jaime Kucinskas’ research interests span the sociology of morality, religion, inequality, social movements, and cultural and organizational change. Kucinskas’s book, The Mindful Elite (Oxford University Press 2019), on the emergence and efficacy of the mindfulness movement in the United States. The book was awarded a 2019 Honorable Mention for the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Book Award in the Sociology of Religion section. A chapter in the book was also given the section’s Graduate Student Paper Award in 2013. She continues to study how spirituality is embedded in different social and institutional contexts. She is additionally conducting research on federal civil servants’ responses to times of rapid change and chaotic leadership. Kucinskas earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree at Colorado College.
Recent Courses Taught
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of Religion
Race, Class, Gender
Seminar: Globalization and Its Discontents
Morality; Work & Organizations; Spirituality & Religion; Cultural Change; Social Movements; Inequality; Race, Class, Gender; Research Methods
- Honorable mention, ASA Section of the Sociology of Religion’s Distinguished Book Award, 2019
- Early Career Achievement Award (for assistant and associate faculty), Hamilton College, 2019
- Graduate Student Paper Award, ASA Sociology of Religion Section, 2013
- Best Article Award, ASA Global and Transnational Section and ASA's Political Economy of the World System Section, 2012
- Larry W. Isaac, Anna W. Jacobs, Jaime Kucinskas, and Allison McGrath. 2020. “Social Movement Schools: Sites for Consciousness Transformation, Training, and Prefigurative Social Development” Social Movement Studies 19:2: 160-182
- Jaime Kucinskas. 2019. The Mindful Elite: Mobilizing Change from the Inside Out. Oxford University Press
- Jaime Kucinskas, Bradley R.E. Wright, and Stuart Riepl. 2018. “The Interplay between Meaning and Sacred Awareness in Everyday Life: Evidence from a Daily Smartphone Study” The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
- Jaime Kucinskas, Bradley R.E. Wright, Matt Ray, and John Ortberg. 2017. “States of Spiritual Awareness by Situation, Social Interaction, and Time” Journal for the Social Scientific Study of. Religion 56: 2: 418-437
- Jaime Kucinskas, Tamara van der Does. 2017. “Gender Ideals in Turbulent Times: An Examination of Insecurity, Islam, and Muslim Men’s Gender Attitudes during the Arab Spring.” Comparative Sociology, Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 340 – 368.
- Jaime Kucinskas. 2014. “The Unobtrusive Tactics of Religious Movements.” Sociology of Religion 75: 4: 537-550.
- Ho-fung Hung and Jaime Kucinskas. 2011. “Globalization and Global Inequality: Assessing the Impact of the Rise of China and India, 1980-2005.” American Journal of Sociology 116: 1478-1513.
- Jaime Kucinskas. 2010. “A Research Note on Islam and Gender Egalitarianism: An Examination of Egyptian and Saudi Arabian Youth Attitudes.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49: 761-770.
- CBC’s The Current: ‘Staying in the Zone’: Why Bianca Andreescu credits meditation for keeping her head in the game
- The Academic Minute: Sacred Experiences
- As Scientists March, Federal Researchers Weather Trump Storm
- Scientists Actually Did Some Science at the March for Science
- Khazan, Olga. “‘Negative Psychological Impacts’? Why Saudi Women Aren’t Allowed to Drive”. The Atlantic, October 7, 2013.
American Sociological Association
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Appointed to the Faculty2014
Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington
M.A., Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A., Colorado College