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Email Address
Kirner-Johnson 234
On Leave/Away
Fall ’24, Spring ’25

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
American Society
Race, Class, Gender
Research Methods
Seminar: Globalization and Its Discontents

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • 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 StudyThe 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 TimeJournal 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.

National Media

Public Radio


The Atlantic

  • Khazan, Olga. “‘Negative Psychological Impacts’? Why Saudi Women Aren’t Allowed to Drive”. The Atlantic, October 7, 2013.

Professional Affiliations

American Sociological Association
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington
M.A., Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A., Colorado College

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