Dr. Tanisha Ramachandran

Dr. Tanisha RamachandranAssociate Teaching Professor
Director, Religion and Public Engagement
Office: Wingate 307
Phone: 758-6096
Email: ramacht@wfu.edu



Tanisha Ramachandran earned her Ph.D from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She has published in various journals including Canadian Women’s Studies/ les Cahiers de la Femme, and Material Religion and has given numerous talks on issues pertaining to race, sexuality, colonialism, feminism as it relates to religion. Her current research examines how material objects and visual markers – hijabs, turbans, and bindies—are deployed or function in the racialization of religions in the US and Canada by examining acts of violence/vandalism perpetuated against Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs and their houses of worship: temples, mosques, and gurdwaras, respectively.



Ph.D., Concordia University (Hinduism) 2008

M.A., Concordia University (Hinduism and Buddhism) 2000



2017 (Forthcoming) “Mūrti, Idol, Art, and Commodity: The Multiple Identities of Hindu Images” in Modern Hinduism. Ed. Torkel Brekke. London and New York: Oxford University

2016 “Racializing Religion” Feminism and Interreligious Dialogue. @theTable, Feminism in Religion (the online incarnation of the Journal for Feminism in Religion).

2014 “A Call to Multiple Arms! Protesting the Commoditization of Hind Imagery in Western Society” In Material Religion. 10/1: 54-75

2009. “ No Woman Left Covered: Unveiling and the Politics of Liberation in Multi/interculuralism” In Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme: Women, Citizenship and Canadian Multiculturalism. Vol. 27/2,3. Spring/Summer: 33-39.

2007. “Endangering the Safety of Canadian Values: The Case of A Hijab, An Eleven Year Old Girl and a Soccer Ball in RACE Link. (Spring): 6-7

2004“Abusing Ganga Ma: How the Ganges Continues to Purify in Voices Across Boundaries Vol. 2/1: 50-51.

1999. “Constructing Sita, Deconstructing the Ideal Wife: The Uses of Text and (Con)text.” In The Journal of Religion and Culture. Volume13:169-174.


Courses Taught

REL 104: Introduction to Asian Traditions

REL 108: Introduction to Hindu Traditions

REL 361: The Buddhist World of Thought and Practice

REL 361: Politics and Social Engaged Buddhism

REL 385: Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in North America

REL 388: South Asian Women: Religion, Culture and Politics

REL 390: Hindu Myth and Iconography

REL 700: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

REL 701: Politics of Religion and Secularism

REL 702: Media, Religion and the Periphery

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