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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Lead Advisor of Religious Studies
Ph.D., Rice University (2010); Graduate Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rice University (2010); M.A., Rice University (2009); B.A., Southern Methodist University (2004)
Areas of interest include the history of modern yoga, especially yoga’s twentieth-century popularization and intersections with consumer culture. Currently writing on defining yoga, nationalism and yoga, yoga among disenfranchised communities, and the intersections of gender, sexuality, and yoga in U.S. histories.
Course offerings include Hinduism and Buddhism, Yoga Traditions, Yuppie Yogis and Global Gurus, Religions of India, Theories of Religion, Comparative Religions, and Introduction to Religion.
New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploratory Travel Fellowship (Indiana University, 2014); Crovetto Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements with Ties to South Asia (Nova Religio, 2012); Shipps Travel Award (School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI, 2012); Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion Summer Research Fellowship (2012); Summer Research Grant (School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI, 2012); Outstanding Advisor to a Student Organization (IUPUI for service to the Religious Studies Student Association, 2012)
Books include Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms by Jeffrey J. Kripal, Andrea R. Jain, Erin Prophet, and Ata Anzali (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). Articles include publications in the following journals: Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Nova Religio, Pastoral Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Common Knowledge, and Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies. Chapters in Gurus of Modern Yoga, edited by Ellen Goldberg and Mark Singleton (Oxford University Press, 2014), Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion, edited by Charles Farhadian and Lewis R. Rambo (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Religions of the World: An Introduction to Culture and Meaning, edited by Lawrence Sullivan (Fortress Press: 2012). Regular contributor to Religion Dispatches
Editorial Consultant for Nova Religio; Co-chair of the Yoga in Theory and Practice Group of the American Academy of Religion