Curriculum Vitae

Education

Education

2019

Ph.D. Justice Studies, Arizona State University          

Dissertation: “How Yoga Became ‘White:’ Yoga Mobilities, 

Race, and the U.S. Settler Nation (1937-2018)”

Completed: August, 2019

2011

M.A. Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

 

2003

J.D. University of California, Berkeley, School of Law 

Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic

(Licensed attorney: New York State Bar Association)

 

1999

B.A. University of Pittsburgh (summa cum laude)

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

South Asian Studies Certificate 

Publications

Submitted Journal Manuscripts

 

2019

“Owning Yoga, Whitening Yoga: U.S. Yoga Copyrights (1937 - 2018),” American 

Journal of Legal History.

2019

“Yoga Tourism: Addressing the Wellness of Indian Wellness Workers (2018),” 

Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power

2019

“Sambo, Simping, and Cooning: Yoga in American Popular Music, Racialized Sights 

and Sounds (1941-1967),” Journal of Asian American Studies.

 

Book Chapter

 

2016

Towards Yoga As Property.  Chapter in, “Yoga and the Body: An Intersectional

Analysis of Contemporary Body Politics, Mindfulness, and Embodied Social

Change,” Rowman & Littlefield.

 

Web-Based Publications

 

2013 “Court Allows Yoga in Public Schools.” Elephant Journal. July 23.

2013 “From Gandhi to Kendrick Lamar: Cultural Defense.” Elephant Journal.  Sept 4.

2007 “Book Review: Art and Anarchism Thrive Together.” The Nation.  Aug 3.

Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants

2018 Justice and Social Inquiry Research Development Grant, Arizona State University

2018 Dissertation Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, ASU

2017 Woodside Community Action Grant, ASU                                       

2016 Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Research Award, ASU

2012 Diversity Scholarship, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference                        

2009 Innovation in Teaching Award, Pace University          

2001 Edley Grant, University of California Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellowship

Invited Talks

Invited Talks

2020 “Fanon and the Body,” Global Sport Institute Symposium on“Sport, Race, and the Body,” ASU, April 2020.

2017 “Mapping U.S. Copyright Accumulation in Yoga from 1937-2016,” Amrita University, Kollam, India. September 16.  

2017 “What Place Is This, Mapping Yoga As (American) Property,” Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA. August 29.  

2017 “U.S. Copyrights in Yoga: Making Wellness Property,” Grinnell College. May 12.

2016 “Personal and Political of Yoga,” Oberlin College and Conservatory. April 16.

2014 “Yoga, Race, and Healing,” SUNY Downstate Medical Center. April 12.

2014 “Uprooting Mindfulness,” Columbia University. March 27.

2010 “Slumdog Millionaire: Integrating U.S. Popular Culture.” Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison. April15.   

Conference Participation

Conference Participation

Keynote Speaker

2016 “Yoga at the Crossroads,” Race and Yoga Conference, Center for Gender and

Race, University of California, Berkeley. April 22.

 

Accepted Paper

2017 “Yoga As Property: Mapping A Critical Geography of Yoga Shrinking in the

Global Public Domain,” Traditional Knowledge panel, International Meeting on Law and Society, Law and Society Association. June 20-23.  

 

Papers Presented

2016 “The De/Religionization of Yoga: Nation Building Through Body and Spirit,”

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Conference. October 29.

2012 Cinema and the Law, “Law, Nation Building, and 1920’s Cinema: Resurrecting

Valentino’s The Young Rajah in the Context of U.S. vs. Bhagat Singh Thind. Panel Chair, Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. March 22.


Panel Organizer and Moderator

2015 “SAAPYA: Yoga and Harm,” Race and Yoga Conference, UC Berkeley. April 16.

2014 “SAAPYA: South Asian American Voices in Yoga,” Race and Yoga Conference,

University of California, Berkeley. April 25.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience

Arizona State University

Justice and Social Inquiry Department      

JUS 420: Women, Work, and Justice (spring 2019, summer 2018)

JUS 222: Drugs and Justice (spring 2017)

JUS 477: Youth and Justice (fall/spring 2016)

JUS 105: Introduction to Justice Studies (fall/spring 2018; fall/summer/spring 2017; fall, 2016)

City College of the City University of New York

Political Science Department

Law and Cinema (summer, 2010)

Law and Social Change (spring, 2010)

Federalism and the U.S. Supreme Court (fall, 2009)

Pace University

Political Science Department     

Hip Hop Politics (spring/fall 2009; spring 2008)

U.S. Supreme Court (fall, 2007)

International Politics and Economic Organizations (fall, 2007; spring, 2008)

Public Panels & Workshops 

Public Panels & Workshops 

Public Panel

2013 “Yoga Justice: SAAPYA and South Asian American Voices in Yoga,” The Brecht Forum, New York, New York.  July 11.

Public Workshops

2014 “Survivor Yoga: Best Practices,” Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. October 15-17.

2014 “Gentrification of Yoga and the Body,” Carnegie Mellon University. March 8.

2009 “South Asian Performance Poetry,” Brown University. November 17.   

2007 "Hip Hop, Journalism, and Healing," Empowering Women of Color Conference, UC Berkeley, CA. March 3.

Racial & Gender Justice Organizing Work

Racial & Gender Justice Organizing Work

2018-2017

Yoga Alliance, Teaching Standards Advisor 

 

2017-2014

National Organization Asian/Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence, Workshop Facilitator     

 

2014

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (PA), Artist in Residence

 

2013-2011

Third Root Health and Wellness Center (Brooklyn, NY), Yoga Instructor/Collective Owner

 

2007

South Asian Youth Action (Queens, NY), Performing Arts Instructor

 

2006-2005 

San Francisco Rape Crisis Center, Director of Community Initiatives

 

2005

Prison University Project (San Quentin, CA), English Literature Teacher

 

2004

San Francisco Youth Authority, Yoga Instructor

 

2003

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (SF, CA), Battered Women's Project, Advocate

 

2001

American Civil Liberties Union (San Diego, CA), Legal Research and Writing Intern

 

1999

Legal Aid Society (San Diego, CA), Pro Bono Advocate

 

1997

Service Employees International Union (San Diego, CA), Labor Organizer

 

1996 AFL-CIO (San Diego, CA), Union Summer Labor Organizer

Yoga Alliance, Teaching Standards Advisor 

 

2017-2014

National Organization Asian/Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence, Workshop Facilitator     

 

2014

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (PA), Artist in Residence

 

2013-2011

Third Root Health and Wellness Center (Brooklyn, NY), Yoga Instructor/Collective Owner

 

2007

South Asian Youth Action (Queens, NY), Performing Arts Instructor

 

2006-2005 

San Francisco Rape Crisis Center, Director of Community Initiatives

 

2005

Prison University Project (San Quentin, CA), English Literature Teacher

 

2004

San Francisco Youth Authority, Yoga Instructor

 

2003-2005

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (SF, CA), Battered Women's Project, Advocate

 

2001

American Civil Liberties Union (San Diego, CA), Legal Research and Writing Intern

 

1999

Legal Aid Society (San Diego, CA), Pro Bono Advocate

 

1997

Service Employees International Union (San Diego, CA), Labor Organizer

 

1996 AFL-CIO (San Diego, CA), Union Summer Labor Organizer

Languages

Hindi: Intermediate speaking; beginning reading and writing.

Spanish: Basic fluency speaking and comprehension.

Professional Memberships

New York State Bar Association, 2009-present.

Society of Cinema and Media Studies, 2011-present.

Yoga Alliance: Registered Yoga Teacher, 2009-present.

Service to Profession

Referee

Law and Society Journal, Fall 2018

Ecology Law Quarterly, Berkeley Law, 2002.