Associate Professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Khyati Y. Joshi is an Associate Professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Prior to joining the faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson, Dr. Joshi was a Visiting Assistant
Professor at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University,
where for two years she taught Asian American Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies.
She also taught in the American Studies program at Princeton University.
Dr. Joshi is the author of the book New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion,
Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America (Rutgers University Press, 2006),
which was awarded the National Association for Multicultural Education’s 2007 Philip
C. Chinn Book Award. She is co-editor of Asian Americans Down South (University
of Illinois Press, 2013) and Understanding Religious Oppression and Christian Privilege
(Sense Publishers, 2008). She has co-authored chapters on religious oppression and
immigration, racism and globalization for the second editions of both Readings for
Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge, 2010) and Teaching for Diversity and
Social Justice (Routledge, 2007), and contributed a chapter on second-generation
Hindu Americans to Sustaining Faith Traditions, an anthology on race, religion
and second-generation Americans (New York University Press, 2012). Dr. Joshi is
the Religion, Schools And Society section editor for the Encyclopedia on Diversity
in Education (Sage Publications) edited by James Banks. Her forthcoming
book examines the intersections of race and religion in U.S. history and contemporary
In 2012, Dr. Joshi was invited to present her research on Hindu American Communities
at the White House in Washington, D.C.In 2011, she delivered a plenary address at
an International Conference on the Gujarati Diaspora at North Gujarat University,
sponsored by the Government of India;the conference brought together leading scholars
on the Indian experience from the U.S., United Kingdom, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific
islands.In 2009, Dr. Joshi was invited to address the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria, on the racialization of religion,
particularly Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam, as it relates to the development of policies
to prevent and combat hate crimes in the 56 countries in the OSCE region.
In New Jersey, Dr. Joshi has provided testimony before the Governor’s Blue Ribbon
Commission on Immigration,has been a member of the Governor’s Asian American Commission
since 2005, and served on the New Jersey Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Commission
from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Joshi provides consultation and professional development
for educational institutions throughout the United States on topics related to immigrants
in schools, race in education, and religion and public schools.
Professor Joshi is member and past Co-Chair (2008-2011) of the managing board for
the Asian Pacific American Religion Research Initiative (APARRI). Her recent academic
presentations in the U.S. include an invited paper on “Religion and Globalization”
at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and a paper on “Second Generation A and
B” at the Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS). Dr. Joshi has also presented
papers at one or more annual conferences of the following scholarly organizations:
American Studies Association (ASA), American Educational Research Association (AERA),
National Association of Multicultural Educators (NAME), and the Asian Pacific American
Religion Research Initiative (APARRI).
Professor Joshi earned her doctorate in Social Justice Education at the University
of Massachusetts-Amherst. She received a Masters in Theological Studies from Candler
School of Theology at Emory University and a B.A. in Religion from Emory University.
She also pursued post-graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and
participated in the Summer Seminar for Educators at YadVashem, The Holocaust Martyrs'
and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, in Israel.
Often contacted by journalists, Professor Joshi has been quoted in The Times of India,
the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle,
the Saint Louis Dispatch, the Star Ledger, The Tennessean, and the Daily Record
of New Jersey. She resides in Wayne, New Jersey, with her husband and son.