Jaime Kucinskas is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. Her research focuses on how people’s religious and spiritual ideas and practices shape the way they envision, understand, and act in the world under contemporary global conditions. Her research interests examine the intersections of: the sociology of religion, culture, social movements, and inequality.
She researches how the East and West are influencing each other under contemporary global conditions. Her dissertation investigates the emergence and diffusion of Contemplative perspectives and practices in the West in science, education, and business. She is also currently researching how Islamic ideology influences political attitudes in the Middle East.
She teaches S313 Religion and Society at Indiana University and will be teaching a class on the Sociology of Religion at the University of Mannheim during the spring of 2013.