Dr. Maryjane Osa is a sociologist who has studied and written about religious movements and complex organizations for over twenty years. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and has taught at the U of C, University of South Carolina, and Northwestern University. Her research on Eastern European social movements and social change was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, National Council for East European and Eurasian Research, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Osa was a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 1996-97.

Her first book, Solidarity and Contention (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), showed the religious underpinnings of the Polish social movement. Dr. Osa’s scholarly articles have appeared in numerous academic journals and have been translated into Polish, Greek, and Japanese.

Maryjane was introduced to (what was then called) New Age spirituality by a roommate in the 1970s and has continued this interest, in fits and starts, in the decades since. At various times, Maryjane has been involved tai chi, yoga, kirtan, Zen Buddhism, meditation, the I Ching, feng shui, the Seth Material, chiropractic, naprapathy, and acupuncture. She learned about New Thought a few years ago and is now a member of Centers for Spiritual Living. This feels like “home” to her.

Dr. Osa lives with her husband and two cats (named Salt and Pepper), dividing her time between Chicago and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Recently published on the web and elsewhere:

Recent article:

As New Thought expands its vision to include individual growth and global justice, sociologist Maryjane Osa looks at an earlier time when New Thought encountered the world and expanded its vision.
“When New Thought Encountered the World,” by Maryjane Osa. (April 12, 2016)