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, social movements, culture, 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 meditation practices in the West in science, education, business, and the military. She is also currently researching how Islam influences political and gender attitudes in the Middle East.
She has taught S313 Religion and Society at Indiana University and the Sociology of Religion at the University of Mannheim.