Shreena Gandhi

727 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyReligious Studies

Assistant Professor
Religion in North America; Religion and Race; Religion in Popular Culture; Asian Religions in America


Shreena Gandhi is a part of the Religious Studies Department at Michigan State University, where is primarily teaches classes on religion and race in the Americas. She is currently finishing up edits on a manuscript, A Cultural History of Yoga in the United States, which looks at the impacts of race, gender and class on how yoga is practiced and commodified in religious and secular spaces. She is also working on two other projects: one on religious seeking in the colonial and post-colonial global south, which uses her grandfather’s writings and books as primary evidence, as well as the writings of other colonial and post-colonial religious seekers. She is also working on a collaborative project on how to transform U.S. religious history into an anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-sexist discipline which helps move forward the goals of decolonization. Dr. Gandhi has presented her work nationally and internationally, and is committed to intersectional scholarship and meticulous research grounded in facts.


Ph.D., University of Florida, Religion in the Americas, 2009

M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School, 2003

B.A., Swarthmore College 2001

Principal Scholarly Interests

Religion in the Americas; Critical American, Ethnic and Race Studies; Method and Critical Theory in the Study of Religion; Post-Colonial and Decolonization in Religious Studies; Hinduism; Intersectional Approaches to the Humanities


REL 101 Exploring Religions

REL 220 Religion in the United States

IAH211C Religion and Race in America