Spring 2018: On Professional Development Leave
I moved to Asheville in 2009 to begin teaching Asian Religions at UNC Asheville, after teaching courses at UNC Greensboro and Northern Arizona University. My dissertation, Embodying Bhakti Rasa: Dancing Across Religious Boundaries in Bharata Natyam, involved research into a traditionally Hindu storytelling dance tradition that is currently being adapted to tell stories from Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, and Jain traditions. While living in India for two years, I took dance classes as part of my methodology. I like to bring embodied learning into the classroom, and enjoy talking about India to anyone!
- Ph.D. Emory University, 2008 (West and South Asian Religions)
- M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School, 1999
- B.A. Northern Arizona University, 1996 (Religious Studies)
- RELS 178 Pilgrimage: Religious Road Trips
- RELS 200 Introduction to the Study of Religion
- RELS 280 DI: ARTS: Asian Religious Traditions
- RELS 326 ARTS: Religion and Dance in South Asia
- RELS 330 WGSS: Religion and Gender
- RELS 373 Religion and Business in Asia
- RELS 373 Religions of East Asia
- RELS 381 DI: Religions of South Asia
- RELS 386 DI: Buddhism
- RELS 398 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
- RELS 490 Senior Capstone
- RELS 492 Senior Seminar: Religion and Food
- HUM 124 Ancient World
Religions of Asia; Performance, Ethnography and Ritual Studies; Body; Gender; Conflict Transformation; Business and Culture in Asia
Recent Publications and Presentations
- "Hindu Traditions: Controlling and Embracing Desire,” Embodied Religion, edited by Kent Brintnall. New York: Macmillan Interdisciplinary Series, 2016: 37-54.
- Dancing Bodies of Devotion: Fluid Gestures in Bharata Natyam. Lexington, 2014.
- "Dancing the Bhagavadgita: Embodiment as Commentary." Journal of Hindu Studies 7:3 (2014): 392-417.
- Inside the Indian Business Mind: A Tactical Guide for Managers. Co-authored with Raj R. Sahay. Praeger, 2010.
- “Body.” Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Volume II. Leiden: Brill, 2010.
- “Traversing Bodies: The Aesthetics of Boundary Crossing in Bharata Natyam,” Conference for the Study of Religion in India, Maryville, TN, September 2008
- “Being Body-wise: Kinesthetic Lessons in Conflict Transformation,” Professional Workshop for Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding Initiative, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, November 2007.
- “Embodying Bhakti Rasa in Bharata Natyam: An Indian-Christian Interpretation of Gayatri Mantra through Dance.” Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies 19 (2006): 37-44.