Tulasi Srinivas is trained as a sociologist and anthropologist of religion with expertise on South Asia.

Srinivas is the author and editor of several books including Winged Faith Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism Columbia University Press 2010, the award-winning Curried Cultures: Food, Globalization and South Asia, University of California Press, 2012 and Aleph press 2017, Indian edition, and The Cow in the Elevator: An Anthropology of Wonder with Duke University Press Spring 2018. She is currently working on two more monographs; one on death and immortality, and the other on the conections between religion, ethics and ecological degradation.

Srinivas has held several prestigious fellowships; at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University (2002),the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University (2006-2007) and at the Kate Hamburger Kolleg, Bochum, Germany and the Radcliffe Institue for advanced Study at Harvard University (2016-17). For 2018-19 Srinivas has received the Luce-ACLS fellowship in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs for her next reserach project The Absent Goddesss: Religion, Ecology and Violence in an Indian City. Her research has been supported by the NEH, the NSF, The Pew Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Srinivas is an advisor to the Bangalore city study group to the non profit Jaaga in Bangalore that deals with conflict over land in the city. She is part of the team of experts to the World Economic Forum, Davos, on the Global Agenda Council on The Crisis of Global Inequality. 

Research and Teaching Interests: Sociology of religion and globalization, Asian American families, food and gender, secularism and violence, transnational processes, economy, money and indigeneity, ritual studies, anthropology of wonder, ecology, life and flourishing, food and drink, materiality, visual culture, post colonialism.


Tulasi Srinivas recognized with highest honors for outstanding teaching.


“She is a powerful, educated, and professional woman who is truly an inspiration for everyone,” Harvey said. “She is a force to be reckoned with.”


Srinivas specializes in economic and cultural anthropology, and her work has been funded by renowned organizations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pew Research Center, and the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University.



- Berkley Beacon

Emerson College
Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching

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