Jaime Kucinskas

Jaime Kucinskas
Jaime Kucinskas

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Kirner-Johnson 234

Jaime Kucinskas' research interests span the sociology of religion, inequality, social movements, cultural and organizational change and field development. Kucinskas is researching the mainstreaming of Buddhist meditation and lived religion in secular institutions in the West. A part of her dissertation research earned the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Section’s Graduate Student Paper Award. Kucinskas has also conducted research on global income inequality and gender inequality in the Middle East. She earned master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree at Colorado College.

Recent Courses Taught

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

Research Interests

Religion, inequality, organizations, social movements, globalization and development, research methods, gender, social theory, comparative sociology


  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

National Media

  • Khazan, Olga. “‘Negative Psychological Impacts’? Why Saudi Women Aren’t Allowed to Drive”. The Atlantic, 10/7/2013.
  • Interview, commentary on the film protests in the Middle East and the region’s attitudes toward democracy, Indys Afternoon News with Ed Wenck, WIBC 93.1, September 14, 2012.

Professional Affiliations

American Sociological Association
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Appointed to the Faculty: 2014

Educational Background

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

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