Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Asian Studies

Institutional Affiliation

University of Denver
Department of Religious Studies
Department of Asian Studies


Ph.D., South Asian Studies, University of California Berkeley

Regional and Thematic Interests

South Asia


is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, specializing in Hindu religious and ritual traditions.  She is the author of a book manuscript, Between Text and Tradition:  Hindu Ritual and Politics in South India, and has co-authored a translation of the Kriyakramadyotika, a medieval Sanskrit text used in modern Hindu temple worship (Chennai, India:  KSRI, forthcoming).  She has published articles in Oxford Bibliographies Online, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Journal of Oriental Research and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.  In 2006 she received DU's William T. Driscoll Master Educator award.

Selected Publications

2011.  "Shaiva Siddhanta.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Hinduism. Ed. Alf Hiltebeitel. New York: Oxford University Press.

2002. “Tamil Shaivism.” In Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, 4 vols., ed. J. Gordon Melton and Marin Baumann. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.

2000. “Aghoraśivācārya: Author of the Parārthanityapūjāvidhi?” Journal of Oriental Research (Madras) 67-70: 231-46.

1999. “The Making of Tamil Shaiva Siddhanta.” Contributions to Indian Sociology, n.s., 33, no. 3: 571-579.