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 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. Her renowned Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice offers professional development, training, and coaching for educators and other professionals since 2007. 

Dr. Joshi is frequently called upon to speak to 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; a webinar for educators through the National Council for the Social Studies; an online presentation and discussion for the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding; remarks before the federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, DC; as an invited speaker before the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR); and delivering the keynote speech at the annual NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC); and many more

Dr. Joshi has advised federal, state, and local officials on issues affecting Indian Americans in New Jersey. She co-authored Jersey Promise’s groundbreaking 2019 Report On The State Of Asian Americans in New Jersey. She serves on The Drumthwacket Foundation’s Board of Trustees, where she has developed curricula and teaching resources on Asian Pacific Americans, and as a member of the New Jersey Amistad Commission. As a member of the Center on American Women in Politics’ (CAWP) Bipartisan Coalition for Women’s Appointments, she has advocated increased representation of APA women in state government. In 2013, Dr. Joshi co-founded the South Asian American Caucus (SAAC), the first caucus of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, and co-chaired the SAAC from 2013-2019. In that time, the religiously, generationally, and linguistically diverse Caucus raised the profile of South Asian American communities and assisted numerous first-time candidates from South Asian backgrounds win elected office. Dr. Joshi has also provided crisis consulting and training for government and elected officials.

Professor 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.

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 others.

Often contacted by journalists, Professor Joshi has appeared on MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, BNC (the Black News Channel), NDTV in India, CNA (Channel News Asia, Singapore), and has been interviewed on the radio at Voice of America, PRI’s The World, and NPR’s Morning Edition, and numerous other radio programs and podcasts across the United States. She writes a bimonthly column on “Living Religion” for Religion News Service, and was a 2020 Media Parntership Fellow at Sacred Writes. Her words and insights appear 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 PostDeseret News, the Boston Globe, the Houston ChronicleIndia Abroad, the Saint Louis DispatchThe Tennessean, and the Star Ledger and Daily Record of New Jersey, among others. 

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. She resides in Wayne, New Jersey, with her husband and son.