Join us to hear our distinguished speaker, Dr. Mugdha Yeolekar, and to enjoy the interesting discussion that follows.  Light refreshments will be served  

Mugdha  Yeolekar is assistant professor of Religious Studies at California State University at Fullerton. She grew up in Pune in western India. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit and Indology from Tilak Maharashtra University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pune. She earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pune and, then, a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. From there, she pursued her doctoral studies at Arizona State University and completed her Ph.D. in Religious Studies in 2014. Her dissertation entitled, “Gurucaritra Pārāyaṇ: Social Praxis of Religious Reading,” considers the practices of ritual readings of the Gurucaritra, an important medieval Hindu text, by contemporary devotees of the god Dattatreya. She teaches courses on Religions of the World, Introduction to Study of Religion, Religion and (non) Violence, and Women and Religion with a special focus on South Asian religions. Her research interests include  agency, gender, materiality, and technology in Indian religions.  Dr. Yeolekar has published articles on sex and gender, devotional reading practices, and ecologies in Hinduism. She is currently preparing a monograph on devotional reading practices.