Mugdha Yeolekar, Ph.D. Bio:
Dr. Mugdha Yeolekar completed her Bachelor in Arts with a major in Political Science and minor in Philosophy from the University of Pune. She also holds a Bachelors in Sanskrit and Indology from the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, India. After her Bachelors, she pursued her Masters in Political Science from the University of Pune where she was awarded with a gold medal. Mugdha received another Masters in Political Science with a focus on study of religion and violence in India from the University of British Columbia in Canada. She received her doctorate from Arizona State University. Her dissertation is titled as “Gurucaritra p?r?ya?: Social Praxis of Religious Reading.” Prof. Yeolekar has presented at academic conferences in various countries including Thailand, China, United States, Canada, India, United Kingdom and Israel. Currently she works as assistant professor of Religious Studies at California State University at Fullerton where she teaches the following courses: World Religions, Introduction to Asian Religions, Introduction to Buddhism, and Introduction to Scientific Study of Religion. Her research interests include religion in South Asia with reference to issues of agency and power, women and religion, materiality and religion, and ritual reading.