Ruth Braunstein is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Connecticut.
"Braunstein’s impressive fieldwork, analytic rigor, and fine writing will illuminate the next generation of scholars and students of public religion in America." - Sociology of Religion
“A wonderfully cogent, clear, and sympathetic description of what are often misunderstood groups. The comparison of community organizing and the Tea Party leads to generative insights into how contemporary forms of democratic citizenship should be understood and assessed.” - Reading Religion
"Braunstein’s multisite comparative ethnography of these two active citizen groups makes for a compelling book that should be read in courses and disciplines beyond sociology. ... Braunstein tackles a sensitive and provocative subject—what it means to be a good citizen in a democratic society, with depth and nuance. I strongly endorse and highly recommend her book." - American Journal of Sociology