About Khyati

Scholar | Educator | Public Speaker

Khyati Y. Joshi (pronunciation) is a public intellectual whose social science research and community connections inform policy-makers, educators, and everyday people about race, religion, and immigration in 21st century America. She has lectured around the world and published ground-breaking scholarly and popular work in her field, while also serving as an advisor to policy-makers and a leader in the South Asian American community. Her most recent book is White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America (NYU Press, 2020). She is also the co-editor of the forthcoming book Envisioning Religion, Race, and Asian Americans (University of Hawaii Press, 2020), and was author and co-editor of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice 3rd edition (Routledge, 2015), one of the most widely-used books by diversity practitioners and social justice scholars alike.

Dr. Joshi is a Professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a social science researcher whose work focuses on the intersections of race and religion in the United States. She frequently consults with school districts, independent schools, the judiciary, non-profit organizations, faith communities, and business on fostering equity and inclusion. She is also well-known for creating the Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice, which offers multi-day professional development programs for educators since 2007. She has presented her research to scholars around the world, and inspired popular audiences in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Joshi is frequently called upon for presentations for policy-makers, thought leaders, and the business community. She has addressed audiences at Fortune 500 companies; delivered her research on Hindu American Communities at the White House in 2010; and was an invited panelist for Preparing for 2050: The changing face of Race in America at Yale’s Arts and Ideas Festival, which was broadcast on C-Span. 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. She has spoken in a host of other popular and scholarly forums, including a plenary address at an International Conference on the Gujarati Diaspora at North Gujarat University, sponsored by the Government of India; a presentation on social justice and human rights at the University of Balamand, Lebanon; a working group on contemporary religion at Aarhus University, Denmark; the 2020 Smith-Chase Lecture at Elon University in North Carolina; remarks before the federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, DC.; and many more.

Dr. Joshi was recognized with the FDU Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship in 2014. Her first book, New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America (Rutgers University Press, 2006), earned the National Association for Multicultural Education’s 2007 Philip C. Chinn Book Award. In addition to the works mentioned above, she co-edited Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and Investigating Religious Oppression and Christian Privilege (Sense Publishers, 2008); 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 social culture.

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 invited papers at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and 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). Dr. Joshi also 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.

Khyati Y. 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 Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, in Israel. 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.

Often contacted by journalists, Professor Joshi has appeared on MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, CNA (Channel News Asia, Singapore), has been interviewed on radio: Voice of America, PRI’s The World, and NPR’s Morning Edition, numerous NPR affiliates around the country, and has been quoted in publications in the U.S. and abroad such as the New York Times, NBC News Asian America, The Times of India, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Deseret News, the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, India Abroad, the Saint Louis Dispatch, the Star Ledger, The Tennessean, and the Daily Record of New Jersey, among others. She resides in Wayne, New Jersey, with her husband and son.