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


  • “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).