James Dennis LoRusso

James Dennis LoRusso completed his PhD in American Religious Cultures at Emory University in Atlanta. His research focuses broadly on the intersection of religion, spirituality, and political economy in the United States. Drawing on ethnography, cultural history, and critical theory, his dissertation, entitled The Libertarian Ethic and the Spirit of Global Capital, asserts that interest in spirituality in the workplace has grown alongside and in relation to broad socio-economic changes over the last half century, with particular attention to globalization and the shift to a post-manufacturing economy. In addition to contributing to ongoing research at Princeton’s Faith and Work initiative, he will be investigating how an increasing number of American firms are incorporating practices such as “mindfulness meditation” into the workplace as a means to reduce employee stress, increase productivity, and improve morale.