Khyati Joshi joins Religion News Service as new columnist 

Religion News Service (RNS), thanks to a grant from the Guru Krupa Foundation, is pleased to announce that Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi has joined RNS as a columnist covering Hindus and Hinduism. Her first column focuses on Vice President Kamala Harris’ “embodied diversity” and how Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff offer a model for interfaith families.

Joshi is a professor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and a social science researcher whose work focuses on the intersections of race and religion in the United States.

“I’m looking forward to writing about current events and emerging issues that illuminate how religion is lived in America. My writing will combine my scholarship with stories from the daily experiences and sensations of being neither White nor Christian in a country where both are normative,” said Professor Joshi.

Joshi’s work has informed policy-makers, educators, and everyday people about race, religion, and immigration in 21st century America. She has lectured world-wide and published ground-breaking scholarly and popular work in her field, while also serving as an advisor to policy-makers and as a leader in the South Asian American community.

“We are excited by Khyati Joshi joining RNS and thank the Guru Krupa Foundation for making this possible. Her column will help RNS cover Hinduism and tell the many stories of the million-plus Hindus living in the U.S. and the many millions who live throughout the globe. Such storytelling is essential for RNS to fulfill its mission of covering the broad landscape of religion, faith and spirituality” said RNS’s publisher Deborah Caldwell.

Joshi joins an exemplary lineup of columnists at RNS. In 2020, RNS brought aboard as columnists Andre Henry (Written in Protest), Jonathan Merritt (On Faith and Culture), and Omar Suleiman (Islam Beyond Phobia).

All join legacy columnists Tara Isabella Burton, Charles C. Camosy, Thomas Reese, Jana Riess, Jeffrey Salkin, Mark Silk, and Simran Jeet Singh.

“Khyati combines her wide-ranging expertise as a scholar of religion with the perspective of a person living her faith in a multi-religious, multicultural world. I look forward to reading her month to month as she brings a ground-level look at the trends that are defining religion in America,” said RNS’s Editor-in-Chief, Paul O’Donnell


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