Mugdha Yeolekar

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA  90045


Phone:  310/338-4220













Academic Background

Ph.D. Religious Studies, Arizona State University, USA, 2014.  Dissertation Title: Gurucaritra Pārāyaṇ: Social Praxis of Religious Reading

M.A. Political Science, University of British Columbia, 2005.  Thesis title: An interpretative understanding of the Gujarat 2002 riots

M.A. Political Science, University of Pune, India, 2002

B. A., Political Science (Major), Philosophy and Logic (Minor), University of Pune, India, 2000

B.A., Major Sanskrit, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, India, 2000

Curriculum Vitae - Mugdha Yeolekar 

Research Interests

  • Indian Religions
  • Scriptures and Social Praxis
  • Comparative Theology
  • Religion and Ecology
  • Women and Religion

Teaching Interests

  • Comparative Theology
  • World Religions
  • Hinduism
  • Religion and Nonviolence
  • Sanskrit
  • Hindi
  • Women and Religion



“Construction of Gender in the Gurucaritra.” In Gender and Indian Philosophy. Bloomsbury Publishing (forthcoming).

“Marathi Vaiṣṇavism.” In Vaiṣṇavism. Oxford University Press, UK (forthcoming). “Dattatreya.” In The Springer Encyclopedia of Indian Religions. (forthcoming).

“Toddlers and Teas: Interreligious Play” (with Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier). In Interreligious Friendship. Palgrave (expected publication date, Aug 2015).

“Where Agency is Not Resistance: A Case of Women's Ritual Reading of Gurucaritra.” In Exemplar, The Journal of South Asian Studies. (Vol 2. 1, 2013).

Book Review: 'A Place at the Multicultural Table' by Prema Kurien (New Brunswick: Rutgers U. Press, 2007). In The International Review of Modern Sociology. Available online at (Fall 2008).