Jaime Kucinskas is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College.  She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University and her B.A from Colorado College. She is working on a book which investigates how a movement of Buddhist modernist meditators transformed meditation from a stigmatized, countercultural, religious practice in America to a mainstream practice embraced by esteemed secular organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, Ivy League schools, hospitals, the U.S. military, and K-12 schools. Her work contributes to scholarship on social movements, institutional change, and field theory by identifying various ways actors and movements use consensus-based tactics—rather than confrontation and protest as much of the research on movements and contentious politics suggests—to build a new multi-institutional contemplative field and legitimize meditation. More broadly speaking, her teaching and research interests center on the intersections of: the sociology of religion, social movements, cultural and organizational change, and inequality. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and climbing.

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