Srinivas is the author of Winged Faith: Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism Through the Sathya Sai Movement (Columbia University Press 2010) and the award winning Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia (University of California Press 2012).
Her research has been funded by the Pew foundation, the NEH, the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University, The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and Emerson College.
Srinivas is currently finishing a bi-logy of two monographs to do with Bangalore city in India-- an anthropology of urban life, titled Wasteland: Time and Space and Neoliberal Bangalore, and another dealing with urban religion titled Forging Faith: Creativity and Wonderment in Bangalore city.
Prof. Srinivas is an advisor to the World Economic Forum, Geneva, on the Global Agenda Council and editor of the Palgrave-Macmillan book series The Contemporary Anthropology of Religion.
Ph.D. 2002, Anthropology, Sociology, University Professors Honors Program, Boston University.
M.A. 1991, Master of Architecture, University of Southern California.
B.A. 1989, Bachelor of Architecture, Bangalore University, Bangalore.
Academic Appointments and Fellowships
2013-2014 International Fellow, Kate Hamburger Kolleg Center for the Study of Religion and Society (KHK-CERES), Religious Dynamics between East and West” Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Germany.
2012-current Associate Professor, Anthropology, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College.
2007-2011 Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College.
2007-current Faculty at large, Institute for Liberal arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College. Interdisciplinary Major program, Honors program.
2006-2007 Fellow. Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University.
2004-2006 Adjunct Assistant Professor. Wheaton College. Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Adjunct lecturer.
2003-2004 Adjunct Lecturer/Fellow. Boston University. Department of Anthropology/Religion.
2002-2003 Senior Fellow. Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University.
Summer 2002 Invited faculty. Institute on Religion and World Affairs. Boston University. Inaugural session of IRWA summer school program for professionals, policy makers, and young faculty. South Asia session.
2001-2002 Lecturer (post-doctoral fellowship). Boston University. Joint appointment, Departments of Religion and Anthropology.
1995-1996 Lecturer. Experimental College, Tufts University, Boston.
Lecturer. Boston Architectural Center, Boston.
1991-1993 Visiting Assistant Professor. Southern California Institute of Architecture. Los Angeles.
2012-2015 World Economic Forum, Davos, Global Agenda Council on Faith and Civil Society.
Developed whitepaper cited “World Inequality Report- Crisis 2015”. Blog on Money and Happiness. Coordinated 22 initiatives to develop report on internal report on faith based NGO’s global reporting. Oversaw UN faith initiatives coordination. Travelled extensively- Davos, New York, Dubai, Riyadh, India, UK, Abu Dhabhi.
2013-2018 Contemporary Anthropology of Religion, Palgrave Macmillan. Book series co-editor. Book series of the anthropological association for the study of religion. Elected to increase visibility of South Asian religion.
2013-2014 National Geographic, Advisor. South Asian religious festivals and foods.
2012 Guest Instructor, Primary source Foundation. Mughal food and culture. Summer seminar for Massachusetts High school teachers.
2011-12 Site Specialist-India. The Secularism project. CURA Boston University. Responsibilities include designing the study of secularism and religion in contemporary India and writing a summative chapter for an edited volume.
2009 Advisor. Minerva Infinity. Responsibilities included advising regarding appropriate content for K-12 textbooks on Eastern religion, particularly Hinduism, for New York and Massachusetts states. Information sessions, discussions, directing consultants to expert materials, facilitating comprehension and outreach with teachers groups and parents.
2008 Site Director/consultant. The International Forum: education for upper level administrators and corporate executives on India. Responsibilities included designing week long curriculum, offering readings and insights, facilitating networking and managing discussion groups, lectures and information sessions, resource allocation and hiring of local staff.
2002 Consultant/Funding Working Group. Pilot Boston University Alumni Outreach Program. Responsibilities included planning and coordinating fundraising trip to Mumbai, India. Presentations to alumni throughout the week. Designing effective networking protocols and presentations, facilitating alumni outreach for future groups. [The alumni funding working group raised approximately $ 500,000 on the trip].
2001 Fundraising. Institute for the Study of Social and Economic Change (now The Center for the Study of Religion and World Affairs) Boston University. Responsibilities included, creating a suitable proposal for soliciting funds, facilitating fundraising meetings and networking events in the Boston area.
1998-2001 Project Site Director, India. The Cultural Globalization Project.
*Funded by Pew Foundation, Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University and Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies at Harvard University. Responsibilities included overseeing 20 months of research with 7 full time researchers, writing quarterly project reports, managing budgets/ resource allocation and research process and final write up for the entire project.
2013-2016 Anthropological Association of America, Nominations Committee. Elected office.
2013-2014 Society for the Anthropology of Religion, American Anthropological Association, Clifford Geertz book prize committee member. Nominated position.
2011-2012 President. American Academy of Religion: New England/Maritimes region
2010-2011 Vice president. American Academy of Religion: New England/Maritimes region
2008-current Board member. American Academy of Religion: New England/Maritimes region
2008- current Voting Member. American Association of Asian Studies.
2008-current Voting Member. American Anthropological Association.
2007-current Elected Member. Indian Sociological Association.
Globalization, Religion in South Asia, Hinduism, Methods in Religious Studies, Religious Pluralism and Globalization, Hindu studies; Theology and Ethics, Urban Sociology, Anthropology of Religion, Ritual Studies, Comparative Religion, Critical Religion, The Global City: Urbanism, Social Ecology and Networks, Food and Urbanity, Post-Colonial theory.
Honors, Fellowships and Grants
2013 German Federal Funding grant for research. KHK-CERES.
2013 American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellowship (declined)
2012-13 Faculty Advancement Funding Grant. Emerson College.
2012 Grant for external scholars. Boston University, CURA. (Pew foundation)
2011-12 Research leave grant. Emerson College.
2011 Templeton small grant for research by junior scholar. (Templeton Foundation)
2009-10 Faculty Advancement Funding Grant. Emerson College.
2006-2007 Fellowship research grant. Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University. (NEH supported)
2006 Faculty research grant, Wheaton College.
2003-2004 Fellowship grant. Institute on Religion and World Affairs CURA, Boston University. (Rockefeller foundation supported)
2002-2003 Senior Fellowship. Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University.
2001-2002 Post-Doctoral Teaching and Research Fellowship. University Professors Program, Boston University.
2001 Earhart Fellowship. Institute for Study of Economic Culture, Boston University.
2000 The Pew Foundation grant for cultural globalization project, India.
1998-1999 Smith Richardson Graduate Student Scholarship. Boston University.
1997-1998 University Professors Graduate Student Scholarship. Boston University.
1996-1998 Richardson Foundation Junior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture.
1995 Earhart Junior Fellowship. Boston University.
Current Reviewer/Editor positions
2013 Co-editor. Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series, Palgrave Macmillan.
2012-current Editor, Asia focus. Journal of African and Asian Studies.
2012-current Editorial board, Anthropology of Business journal.
2013 Manuscript reviewer, Cultural Anthropology, Society, South Asia: Journal for the Study of South Asia, Visual Anthropology, Stanford University Press, Oxford University press, Columbia University press.
2013 Manuscript reviewer, Oxford University press.
2013 Manuscript reviewer, Routledge UK press.
2012-current Reviewer- American Anthropologist, Cultural Anthropology, Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
2011-current Oxford University press. Reviewer of manuscripts. South Asia, Religion.
2010-current Book review editor-Asia. Journal of African and Asian Studies.
2010-current Editorial Board. International Journal of Business Anthropology.
2010-current Article Reviewer, Food and Foodways.
2011-current Manuscript reviewer. Journal of Contemporary Society.
2010-current Manuscript reviewer. Cambridge University Press.
2011 Manuscript reviewer. Routledge Press.
2009 Social Science Research Council, Canada.
2009 Article reviewer, Body and Society.
2009 Article reviewer, Theory, Culture and Society.
2009 Book reviewer , Cambridge University Press. External reviewer
2009 Book reviewer, Columbia University Press. External reviewer.
2009 Article Reviewer, Food and Foodways.
Previous Reviewer positions
2010-2011 Oxford University press. Reviewer of manuscripts. South Asia, Religion.
2008 Baylor University Press. Reviewer of manuscripts, culture, South Asia, religion
2008 Food Culture and Society. Invited peer review of manuscript. South Asia.
2006 Columbia University Press. Invited reviewer for Globalization, Culture, South Asia.
2005 Contemporary South Asia. Invited reviewer.
2003 Body and Society. Invited peer review of manuscript.
2002 Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Invited peer review of manuscript.
Srinivas, Tulasi. Winged Faith: Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism Through the Sathya Sai Movement. Columbia University Press. June 2010.* Made the long short list for ICAS prize. ** Nominated for the Victor Turner prize in ethnography***
Srinivas, T. and Ray, K.(co-edited) Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia. California University Press. Food and Culture series *award winning. June 2012.
Srinivas, Tulasi. Forging Faith: Innovative Religion and Ambivalent Globalization in the Hindu temples of Bangalore City. (Manuscript)
Srinivas, Tulasi. Wasteland: Development, Space and Being in a Neoliberal Indian City (book proposal under review)
Srinivas, Tulasi. “Illusions of Faith? Magical Productions, Debunking Performances and a Critical Politics of Virtue in the Transnational Sathya Sai Movement”, Under Review Journal fo Asian and African Studies.
Srinivas, Tulasi. “Nomadic charisma: Sathya Sai Baba and the Construction of Transnational Sacred personhood” Journal of the American Academy of Religion (manuscript).
Srinivas, Tulasi. (2012) “Articles of Faith: Material piety, Devotional aesthetics and the Construction of a Moral economy in the Transnational Sathya Sai movement”, Visual Anthropology 29:4, Summer 2012.
Srinivas, Tulasi. (2010) “Building Faith: Religious Pluralism, Pedagogical Urbanism and Governance in the Satya Sai Sacred City”, in special edited volume titled “The Public Representation of a Religion called Hinduism: Show Temples and Public Worship”, International Journal of Hinduism Studies edited by John Zavos, University of Manchester.
Srinivas,Tulasi. (2007)“Everyday Exotic: Transnational Spaces and Contemporary Foodways in Bangalore.” Food, Culture and Society (Berg) 10:1 (Spring 2007)
Srinivas, Tulasi. (2006)‘As Mother Made it’: The Cosmopolitan Indian Family, ‘Authentic’ Food and the Construction of Cultural Utopia.” International Journal of Sociology of the Family (Sage) Special volume 32:2 (2006): 199-221
Srinivas, Tulasi ( 2006)“Hinduism Inc.: Some Thoughts on Entrepreneur Priests, Dynamic Rituals and Social Change in Bangalore City.” International Journal of Hindu Studies (Springer) Issue 3:10 (Dec. 2006)
Srinivas, Tulasi. (2006)“Divine Enterprise: Hindu Priests and Changing Rituals in Neighbourhood Temples in Bangalore.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (Taylor and Francis) Vol.29:3 (Dec. 2006)
Srinivas, Tulasi. (2004)“Tradition and Transition; Entrepreneur Priests and Ritual Innovation in Neighbourhood Hindu temples in Bangalore City.” Journal of Social and Economic Development 5:2 (July-Dec.2004): 57-75
Srinivas, Tulasi. (2002) “Flush with Success: Defecation, Bathing, Worship, and Social Change in South India.” Space and Culture 5:4 (November 2002): 368-86.
Srinivas, Tulasi. (2002) “‘Beyond Boundaries’: Globalization, Civil Religion, and the Sai Baba Movement.” Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture 4:2 (Summer 2002): 30-49.
Srinivas, Tulasi (2014) “Acts of Faith: Spectacles of Death, Liberating Charisma and
Conspiracies of Corruption in the Global Sathya Sai Movement” in Beyond Charisma, Charles Lindholm ed. Palgrave McMillan, 2014.
Srinivas, Tulasi (2014) “Predicaments of Plurality: Secular Anxiety, Contested Publics and the
Problem of Parity in Contemporary India”, in Secularism and its Enemies. Berger, Peter, L. and Ilan Troen (eds). Cambridge University press. 2013.
Srinivas, Tulasi (2014) “Engaged Cosmopolitanism, Cultural Renewal and Religious
Globalization”. In Cosmopolitanisms, Religions and the Public Sphere. Eds. Maria Rovisco and Sebastian Kim. Routledge press. 2014.
Srinivas, Tulasi (2012) “Towards Cultural Translation: Rethinking the Dynamics of Religious
Pluralism and Globalization Through the Sathya Sai Movement”. In Religion, Culture and Globalization Eds. Robert W. Hefner and John Hutchins, London: Routledge press. Fall 2012.
Srinivas, Tulasi (2012) “Relics of Faith: Fleshly desires, Ascetic disciplines and Devotional affect in the Transnational Sathya Sai Movement”, In The Handbook of Sociology of the Body. Ed Bryan S. Turner. Cambridge University press. Spring 2012.
Srinivas Tulasi (2011) “Cuisine of India” in Education about Asia. The Association for Asian Studies education portal.
Srinivas, Tulasi. (2009) “The Satya Sai Movement”, In The Encyclopedia of Global Religions, edited by Mark Jurgensmeyer, California/New Delhi: Sage press.
Srinivas, Tulasi. (2009)“The Clash of Civilizations Thesis” In The Encyclopedia of Global Religions, edited by Mark Jurgensmeyer, California/New Delhi: Sage press.
Srinivas, Tulasi. (2007)“As Mother Made it’: The Cosmopolitan Indian Family, ‘Authentic’ Food and the Construction of Cultural Utopia.” in Globalization and the Family, edited by Nazli Kibria and Sunil Kukreja, New Delhi, Ashwin-Anoka Press.
Srinivas, Tulasi.(2002)“‘A Tryst with Destiny’: The Indian Case of Cultural Globalization.” In Many Globalizations edited by Peter L. Berger and Samuel P. Huntington, New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Pp. 89-116.
Srinivas, Tulasi.(2002) ‘A Tryst with Destiny’: The Indian Case of Cultural Globalization.” In Many Globalizations edited by Peter L. Berger and Samuel P. Huntington, New York: Oxford University Press, Translated into Spanish (2002)
Srinivas,Tulasi . ‘A Tryst with Destiny’: The Indian Case of Cultural Globalization.” In Many Globalizations edited by Peter L. Berger and Samuel P. Huntington, New York: Oxford University Press, Translated into Chinese (2002).
Srinivas, Tulasi. ( 2002)“Cuisine of South Asia.” In The Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, edited by David Levinson and Karen Christensen, et al. New York: Charles Scribner and Sons.
Srinivas, Tulasi. World economic forum blog. (September 2013)
Tulasi Srinivas: a Conversation with Arthur Pais. India Abroad. (January27, 2012).
Srinivas, Tulasi (2006)“Hinduism in the Public Sphere. Removing Obstacles and Creating Community.” Lokvani. Indian community newspaper. (May 04, 2006). http://www.lokvani.com/
Srinivas, Tulasi (2006)“In Conversation” Lokvani, (March 09,2006). http://www.lokvani.com/
Srinivas, Tulasi (2004)“When Food Defines Culture.” Deccan Herald, Living News. (April 30, 2004). http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/apr302004/liv3.asp.
Srinivas, Tulasi (2011) Journal of Asian Studies. Rajnaryan Chandavarker, “History, Culture and
the Indian City”, July 2011.
Srinivas, Tulasi (2008) Journal of Asian Studies. William Glover, “Making Lahore Modern” Fall 2008.
Srinivas, Tulasi (2008) Visual Sociology. David Redmon, “Mardi Gras Made in China” Spring 2008.
Srinivas, Tulasi (2008) Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Martha C. Nussbaum,“The Clash Within”. Spring 2008. quoted by Amazon.com
Srinivas, Tulasi (2007) Contemporary South Asia. Colleen Taylor Sen, Food Culture in India. Vol.15:2.
Srinivas, Tulasi (2006) Contemporary South Asia. Ursula Rao, Negotiating the Divine. (Delhi: Manohar Publishers). Vol 4;2 (March 2005)
Srinivas, Tulasi ( 2005) Nova Religio, 9:1 (August 2005): 136-139. Bryant and Ekstrand, eds., The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant. (New York: Columbia University Press).
Srinivas, Tulasi ( 2004) Nova Religio.9:3 (Sept. 2006): 141-142 De Michelis, A History of Modern Yoga. (London: Continuum Press).
Disciplinary and Expert Resources
Srinivas, Tulasi. 2014. Hinduism in the Modern World. Ed. Brian Hatcher. Routledge press. “Transnational Movements”.
Srinivas, Tulasi. 2013. Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism. “Sathya Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai Religious Movement”
Srinivas, Tulasi. 2013. Oxford Bibliographies On-line. “The Sathya Sai Movement”.
Srinivas, Tulasi. 2011. Social Compass. “Sathya Sai Movement”.
Srinivas, Tulasi. 2002. “Some Reflections On Becoming Nuer” Anthropology News. Vol 46 issue 2 pp 60.
Conference Papers and Presentations
2014 Discussant and Chair. Panel Title; Patronage in South Asia. South Asia Conference, Madison, WI.
2014 Chair, organizer and presenter. Panel Title: Anthropology and Creativity: Practice and Process. Paper title; Salvaging the Divine: Creativity, Time and Re-generation in Bangalore city. American Anthropological Association, annual meeting November 2014.
2013 “Divine Food: The Desires of Consumption and the Ambivalence of Redistribution In Hindu Temple Publics of Bangalore”. Panelist. American Anthropological Association, annual meeting. November 2013.
2013 “Globalization, Philosophies of (un) Containment and Entangled Ethical Subjectivities”, Empirie und Theorie, Religionswissenschaft zwischen Gegenstandsorientierung und systematischer Reflexion. George-August Universitat, Goettingen. Sept. 2013
2013 “Mobilities and Moorings: Ritual, Neo-liberalism and the Subjunctive in Urban Temple Publics of Bangalore City”. Conference opening lecture. Rheinisch Freidrich-Wilhelms Universitat, Bonn. July 2013
2013 “Ingesting Divinity: Temple modernities, Heritage sacred foods, and Shifting carnal economies in India”. ICAS, Macau. July 2013.
2012 “Between Cosmopolitanism and Provincialism: Approaches to South Asian Culinary Cultures". Panelist. Association for the Study of Food and Society annual Meeting. June 2012.
2011 “Globalization and Emotion: Hindu Priests, Ritual Innovation and Building New Moral Communities within Temples in Bangalore city", paper presentation in panel title “Changing Conceptions and Configurations of Hindu Communities”. American Academy of Religion annual meeting, November 2011.
2011 Discussant. Panel title “Tracing Pedagogies of Religion”,110th annual meeting, American Anthropological Association. November 2011.
2011 “Global Masks and Guising Deities in Contemporary Bangalore”, paper presentation, panel title “Aesthetics, Guising, and Bodies in South Indian Performance”, South Asia Studies conference, University of Wisconsin South Asia Studies center, Madison, Wisconsin.
2011 “Threshold of Faith: Emergent Ritual and Ambivalent Globalization in Hindu temples in Bangalore city”, paper presentation, panel title “Globalization and Its Discontents: Explorations in Appadurai's "Fear of Small Numbers" organized by Amy Ansell. International Society of Political Philosophy. Turkey, July 2011.
2010 “Merchants of Salvation: The Sai bookstore, the Circulating Ideal of devotion and the Making of transnational Community” paper presentation, panel title “The Making, Remaking and Unmaking of Community”. American Anthropological Association Annual Conference.
2010 “Truant Ascetics: Diet, Divinity and Desire in the transnational Sathya Sai Movement” paper presentation, panel title “Deities, Humans and Temples: Hindu Bodies in Transnational Contexts”. American Academy of Religion Annual Conference.
2010 “Heavenly Gates: Urban Representations of Transnational Hinduism, Exhibited Affect, and Sai Narratives of Redemption” paper presentation, panel Title “The Hindu Exhibit: Representing Hinduism in Public Contexts”. American Academy of Religion Annual Conference.
2010 Session Chair, “Global Hinduism and Material Expressions of Belonging”. Paper presenter, “Of Divine Gates and Sacred Walls: Puttaparthi, Global Devotion and the Spatiality of Belonging”. American Association for Asian Studies, Phladelphia.
2009 “On Miracle Ground: Globalization, the New Religious City and Narratives of Belonging”, Paper presentation. Panel co chair “Sensory and Imagined Landscapes”. International Visual Sociology Association conference, Carlisle, UK.
2009 “Globalization and Indian Religion” Invited presentation, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
2009 “Merchants of Salvation?: The Sathya Sai Global Movement, Ideal Devotion and the Sai bookstore.” Paper presentation. Panel title “Representing and Reforming Indian religions in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean”. 18th World History Conference; “Merchants and Missionaries”. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.
2008 “The Body, Sex and the Democratization of Transparency: Rethinking Religion and Globalization Through the Sathya Sai Movement”, Invited lecture. Center for South Asia, University of Madison, Wisconsin.
2008 “Soul Searching: The Sai ‘Homeland’ and Identity tourism in a Transnational Religious Movement”, paper presentation. European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies. Panel “The Public Representation of a Religion called Hinduism”, University of Manchester, UK.
2008 “Rethinking Religion and Globalization: Towards an Engaged Cosmopolitanism”, Paper presentation, Culture and Identity panel American Sociological Association annual conference, Boston.
2008 “Out of God’s Hand’s: Materiality and Salvation in the Transnational Sathya Sai Movement”, Paper presentation, Religion and Culture panel American Sociological Association annual conference, Boston.
2007 “The Truant Ascetic: Transcendance and Escape in the Transnational Sathya Sai Movement” 5th Danam conference. San Diego.
2007 “Puttaparthi: Spaces of Desire, Visual Marginality and Built Charisma in a Transnational Sacred City” Panel organizer, Panel Title: “Globalizing South Asia: Religion, Imagination, Discourse and Affect” Annual American Academy of Religion meetings. San Diego.
2007 “The Indian Grocery Store as Ethnic Oases,” co-presenter at New Directions in Ethnicity. University of Vermont.
2006 “As Mother made it: The Cosmopolitan Indian Family, ‘Authentic’ Food and the Construction of Cultural Utopia,” at American Food and Human Values Conference. Boston University.
2006 “In a Goods World: Ethnicity, Transnational Space and Consumption,” at Visual Sociology Conference. Urbino, Italy. Panel co-organizer.
2006 “Borderlands and Boundaries: Globalization, Culture and Translation in the Sathya Sai Movement” at American Sociology of Religion Conference.
2006 “Everyday Exotic: Transnational Spaces and Contemporary Foodways in a Hi-Tech City” at American Sociological Association Conference.
2005 “Sacra and Ephemera: The Cultural Topography of the Transnational Sai Movement” at Conference on South Asia. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Chair of Session, “Buddhist Ritual and Transnational Hinduism.”
2005 “The Global Crucible; Rethinking Globalization, Space and Ethnographic Practice Through the Transnational Sathya Sai Movement” at First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.
2005 “Bodily Betrayals’: Desire, Discipline and Austerity in the Construction of a Transnational Sai Devotion” at Society for Psychological Anthropology. Panel organizer, “The Body and Religion.”
2004 “Desire, Discipline and Austerity: Spaces in the Construction of a Transnational Sai Devotion” at American Anthropological Association. Panel Organizer, “Religion, Emotion and the Body.”
2004 “Ephemeral Affiliations: Rethinking Globalization and Culture through the Transnational Sathya Sai Devotional Movement” at American Academy of Religion.
2003 “Rethinking the Body: Atman, Austerity and Desire in the Transnational Sathya Sai Movement” at American Anthropological Association.
2003 “‘Frontier of Faith’: Globalization, Identity, and the Sathya Sai Movement” at New England Association of Asian Studies. Harvard University.
2002 “Being God: Globalization, Cultural Translation, and the Transnational Sai Movement” at South Asia Conference. University of Wisconsin, Madison.
2002 “Burgers, Bondas, and MTR: Globalization and the Indian Food Industry” at Anthropological Association of America. Chair of panel, “Eating the World: Globalization, Food, Authenticity and the City.”
2000 “Burgers, Bondas and Gobi Manchurian: Digesting Globalization” at South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Chair of panel, “Cultural Globalization, Multiple Modernities, and Public Culture.”
2000 “Chasing God: Hindu Temple Processions, the City, and the Creation of Spectacle” at Annual Western Humanities Alliance Conference, University of Washington, Seattle.
2000 “Flushed with Success: Toilet behaviors as Cultural Symbols” at The Pacific Sociological Association. San Diego.
2000 “Defecation, Worship, and Social Mobility in South India” at The Pacific Sociological Association. San Diego.
1999 “‘A Tryst with Destiny’: India and Cultural Globalization.” at The Cultural Globalization project. Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Italy. Conference participant.
2013 “Time and the Future in Hindu Temple Publics of Bangalore city”. Center for Modern Oriental Studies. Berlin. December 2013.
2013 “Globalization and Religion in Urban Temple Publics”. Center for the Study of South Asia. Munich. October 2013.
2013 “Ambivalence and the Future in Bangalore City”, Varieties of Peace Conference. Center for the Study of World Religions, Boston University. October 2013.
2013 “Emotions, Futurity and Ritual in Hindu Temple Publics of Bangalore City”. Religion Wissenscheften, Ruprecht-Karl Universitat, Heidelberg. July 2013.
2013 "Waiting for God: Emotions, Intimacy and Subjunctivity in Hindu Temple Publics of Bangalore City”, Emopolis; Emotions and Political Mobilizations in the Indian subcontinent Seminar, Centre Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud. Ecole Des Haute Etude de Science Sociale, Paris. June 2013.
2013 “Forging Faith: Newness, Ritual and Globalization in Urban Hindu Temple Publics”, Center for Study of Religion (CERES) Ruhr Universitat-Bochum. May 2013.
2013 “Crossing to the Wrong Side of the Tracks: Newness, Ritual and Subjunctivity in Hindu Temple Publics”, Series Colloquium, Center for Modern Indian Studies, George–Auguste Universitat, Goettingen. May 2013
2013 “Newness, Ritual and Globalization in Urban Hindu Temple Publics”, Det Humanistike Fakultat, Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) and Department for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies University of Copenhagen, and Swedish South Asia Studies Network, Lund University. April 2013.
2013 “Forging Faith: Ambivalent Globalization, Neo-ness and Innovative Religion in the Temple Publics of Bangalore City”, South Asia Program Seminar Series. Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University. March 2013.
2013 “Forging Faith: Ambivalent Globalization, Neo-ness and Innovative Religion in the Temple Publics of Bangalore City”, South Asia Studies Center, Maxwell School of International Studies and Daniel P. Moynihan Center, Syracuse University. March 2013.
2012 “Dying Faith? The Satya Sai movement after Sathya Sai Baba”, Religion and Globalization series. Asian Studies Institute, National University of Singapore.
2012 “Perishing Faith: Cultural Translation, Globalization and Ethical Life in the Sathya Sai Movement”. Key note lecture. Post-colonial and Transnational religions of Asia Lecture series. Institute for Religious Studies, University of Heidelberg Summer school.
2012 “Forging Faith: Ambivalent Globalization and Innovative Religion in the Temples Publics of Bangalore City". Max Planck Gesellschaft- Religious Diversity, Gottingen.
2012 “Abiding Faith: Ritual, Newness and Ethicality in Hindu temples of Bangalore City” Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University. February 2012.
2012 “The Trust and Mistrust: Sathya Sai Baba’s Death, Money and the Democratization of Transparency”, CUNY graduate center. February 2012.
2011 “Towards Engaged Cosmopolitanism: Cultural translation, Strategic ambiguity and Religious Pluralism’, Cosmopolitanism and Religion in the Public Sphere. Plenary session. York St. John University, York, UK. April 2011.
2010 “Cultural Translation: Rethinking the Dynamics of Globalization and Religious Pluralism”, University Centrum St. Ignatius, Antwerp, summer seminar, “Religion and Culture in a Globalized World”. August 2010.
2010 Department of Anthropology, Boston University and the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia. “Spice Girls: Globalization, 'Indian' Food and the Politics of Provisioning”.
2010 Keynote Speaker. Asian Culinary series, Boston University, Graduate program of the Liberal Arts in Gastronomy.
2008 “The Body, Sex and the Democratization of Transparency: Rethinking Religion and Globalization through the Sathya Sai Movement”. Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
2008 “Globalization and Religion: The View From India”. Center for the Study of Religion and World Affairs, Boston University.
2007 Keynote Speaker. “Globalization, Culture and South Asia” invited by Delta Sigma Psi and the Indian Student’s Association. George Mason University.
2007 Keynote Speaker. “Identity and Power in a Global Landscape: Women, Food and Leadership”, Chairs luncheon series. Emerson College.
2007 Keynote Speaker. “Deus Loci: Space, Memory and Affect in the Transnational Sathya Sai Movement”, Works In Progress Circle. Emerson College.
2007 Panelist. Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Media. Eboni and Speak Up! student organizations invitee, Emerson College.
2006 “Ritual and the City”. MIT Research Symposium.
2006 Keynote Speaker. 24th Annual Sociology/Anthropology Senior Research Symposium. Wheaton College.
2005 “Eating the Home, Eating the World: Globalization and The Indian Food Industry.” Boston University. Department of Anthropology.
2005 Speaker, “Sai Ephemera and the Problem of Cultural Translation.” Amherst College. Department of Religion/Anthropology.
2005 “Sacred Webs: Rethinking Globalization and Culture through the Transnational Sathya Sai Movement.” Public Affairs Conference (PAC). Principia College.
2004 “‘Beyond Boundaries’: Globalization and the Transnational Sai Baba Movement.”Social Theory seminar series. The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia.
2002 “India, Religion, and Globalization.”The Many Globalizations Workshop. Center for Development and Enterprise, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
2002 Globalization and its Cultural Consequences Seminar. Hosted by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston.
2001 “When Globalization Fails….”Patterns of Cultural Resistance and Compromise Seminar. The Institut fur die Wissenchaften Vom Menschen, Vienna.
College Wide service
Fall 2014 Co-Chair, ACE Internationalization and Globalization Committee.
In charge sub committee on internationalization of the student body and Study abroad programs. With Maria Kondoura and Anthony Pinder.
Director of Faculty Development, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies. As Co-director (with Betsy Baeten) I organize workshops for TT and tenured faculty in the IN. Development for 18 full time faculty including annual reviews for TT faculty. Organize NeXus mentoring pairing for IN TT faculty.
Davis Grant SOC, participant. As a participant I provide input on curriculum building at SOC including overlap with IN.
Presenter, Faculty Orientation, invited by Lori Beth Way CITL) panel on teaching.
Spring 2014 Co-Chair, ACE Internationalization and Globalization Committee.
April 2014 Information Roundtable volunteered session on recruitment in India with Admissions officers. Partnership with MJ Knoll-Finn.
2012-2013 Liberal Arts Council member.
2012-2013 Curriculum development with Kathryn Ramey for a minor in Visual Anthropology in VMA.
2012-2013 Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee -Marketing Communication.
2012-2014 Member, Presidents Advisory Council.
2012-14 NEASC Task Force, Research criteria.
2012 Spring Breaking Bread; Indian food. Dinner time speaker for the Resident Life. 
2012 Fall “Put a ring on it!: gender and gazing”. Invited speaker for the student organization EAGLE.[10/23/2012]
2012 Fall Globalization from the Indian perspective. Invited speaker for Student Life, Little Building. [12/06/2012]
2011 Library Review Committee of the NEASC accreditation committee, presidential invitation.
2009-2010 College wide Diversity Council
2009-2010 Organizer, “Works in Progress” circle for faculty scholarship and achievement
2009 Member, Historian search, Department of Journalism [10/2008-03/2009]
2008 Organizer, with PRISM and the Institute for Liberal arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty lecture and seminar with guest Pepi Leistyna scholar and documentarian “Class dismissed”[04/2008]
March 2014 Faculty annual review—Yasser Munif, Cara Ann Moyer, Erika Williams and Mirta Tocci.
2012-2014 First Year Seminar Working Group, Liberal Arts Curriculum design. Development of Curriculum.
2012-2013 Institute Advisory Committee on Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies.
2012 Institute Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies.
2012 Institute Search Committees (religion, history)
2011 Institute Advisory Committee on Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Sept. 2010 Speaker, Book celebration. Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies. Introducing “Winged Faith”. Title; “Towards Cultural translation: Rethinking the Dynamics of Religious Pluralism and Globalization”.
Communication Studies Dept. Service
March 2014 DPTC Tenure-track faculty teaching review-Angela Cooke-Jackson.
2014 DPTC review of departmental guidelines towards tenure.
2013-2014 Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee -Communication Studies.
2012 Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee member.
2011 Departmental Liaison to the Institute for Inter Disciplinary Studies.
March 2010 Luncheon Speaker, Comm day. “Food, Glorious Food! The Meaning of the Gastronomy and the Food’s Hidden Value to Community”
2009- 2010 Representative Presidential Strategic Assessment Committee for the Faculty of the Future
2009-current Departmental representative to the Institute of Liberal arts and Interdisciplinary Studies Advisory Board
2009-2011 Member, Ad Hoc Committee for Teaching Excellence
2009 Member, Faculty meeting, Institute of Liberal arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, assessment of Honors curriculum [12/02/2009]
2009 Co-organizer, “What worked and What didn’t” teaching effectiveness workshop, Institute for Liberal arts and Interdisciplinary Studies [12/22/2009]
2009 Faculty Participant, Multiculturalism Student welcome dinner [09/2009]
2009 Faculty Participant, Parents weekend, short course demonstration [10/2009]
2009 Member, Student Who’s Who election board [09/2009-12/2009]
2009 Faculty participant, Department of Communication Studies, Student work display [04/2009]
2008-2009 Departmental representative to the Faculty Advancement Funding Grant Council [10/2008-02/2009]
2006-2007 Member, School of Foreign Service, Asian Studies curriculum council
2006-2007 Member, Berkley Center interfaith dialogue committee
2006-2007 Participant, Berkley Center Seminar committee
2006-2007 Member, Asian Studies Council
2005-2006 Member, Asian Studies Faculty Council
2004-2005 Member, Asian Studies Faculty Council
National and International Service
2013- 2018 Co editor. Contemporary Anthropology of Religion. Book series of the Society for the Anthropology of religion. Palgrave Macmillan.
2013-2016 Board Member, Nominations Committee, and National Steering Committee, American Anthropological Association.
2013-2015 Research Consultant. KHK. Ruhr Universitat-Bochum—Organizer and Speaker.
2014 Flamingo Research, India- Consultant, Culture and Consumption, The Indian Kitchen.
2013 Research Conference Rethinking Religion and Globalization. KHK. Ruhr Universitat-Bochum—Organizer and Speaker.
2013 National Geographic- Consultant. Food, Rituals of South Asia
2013 International Committee for Asian Studies, First Book Prize Committee- Member
2013 Clifford Geertz Book Prize Committee--Member, The Society for the Anthropology of Religion. American Anthropological Association.
2012-2015 Invited Member, World Economic Forum.
2010- 2015 Book Review Editor, Journal of Asian and African Studies.
2009-2011 President, American Academy of Religion, New England and Maritimes Chapter.
2008-2009 Vice-President, American Academy of Religion, New England and Maritimes Chapter.
Short Courses, Workshops and Reading Groups
“Food, Women and Culture”, short course presented at parents weekend, Emerson College(2009)
“Urban South Asia” Facilitator and member, reading group. MIT. (2009)
“Urban South Asia” Facilitator and member, reading group. MIT. (2008)
“India: The Emerging Frontier” Presented for The International Forum faculty (2007)
“Democracy, Dialogue and the Problem of Pluralism” Presented for Georgetown University Faculty (2006)
“Anthropology as Redemption” Presented for Homecoming weekend, Wheaton College (2006)
“Ethnography : how and why” Presented for Wheaton College Students center (2005)
“Constructing Empathy” Presented for BU Medical School Internship program (2003)
“Democracy, Dialogue and Pluralism” Presented to Harvard University Divinity School
Honors Advisor/Independent Studies
“Food and Globalization” Joint Honors project. Rachel McAdams (2014)
“Indian Homosexuality and the Religious Body”, Andrew Hutcheson. Honors thesis (2012)
“What we eat, is who we are?”: Searching for Identity and Authenticity in Modern Gastronomy. Talia Beth Ralph Institute Honors thesis advisor (2011)
Searching for Identity and Authenticity in Modern gastronomy in South Asia. Talia Beth Ralph, Independent study. (2011)
“The Indian Call Center Experience: The role of family as a coping mechanism” Kirti Shenoi Graduate thesis committee/advisor (2010)
“The Food Awakening” Kelli Jenkins Honors thesis advisor (2009)
“Nouveau Delhi” Shivani Mehra Honors thesis advisor (2008)
Indian Globalization. Shivani Mehra. Independent Study. (2008)
* 10 of my students from Emerson went on to graduate school at NYU, University of MI, Ann Arbor, University of Toronto, Harvard University, and Emerson College.
Media (Print and Non Print)
Blessed Days and Sacred Nights. 20 minute documentary film on the everyday rhythms of a Vaishnavite Hindu Temple, Bangalore. Educational resource. Director and producer credit.
Bangalore Bites Back. 27 minute documentary on food and globalization in Bangalore city, India. Educational resource on globalization and “Indian” food. Director and producer credit.
Beantown. 28 minute rough cut of local Avarekai festival in Bangalore 2011. Educational resource on locavorism. Direct, concept and producer credit.
“Millions mourn the death of Indian godman, Shri Sathya Sai Baba”. The Takeaway, PRI and National Public Radio- Guest. [April 26, 2011]
“Emersonians travel the world on a spiritual plane” The Berkeley Beacon. Lifestyle section [11/19/2009]
“The rise of India across the globe”. The Global Village blog. [10/01/2009]
“In conversation with Tulasi Srinivas” Lokvani News. [03/11/2006]
“ Mission nutrition: South Asians try to eat healthy” India New England [10/12/2006]
“Religion and Globalization” University of Virginia news. [10/23/2001]
Primary spoken language: Kannada (Modern)
Secondary spoken language: Tamil (Modern)
Secondary written language: Hindi (Modern)/ Sanskrit (Classical)
1972-1989 Language instruction in High school and College in Bangalore, India.
2005-2013 American Academy of Religion
2002-2013 American Anthropological Association
2004-2013 American Sociological Association
2006-2013 American Academy for the Study of Religion
2007-2013 Association for Asian Studies
2003 onwards Indian Social Science association (Life Member)
1993 onwards Indian Institute of Architects
1998 onwards American Institute of Architects
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