About Khyati

Scholar | Educator | Consultant

Khyati Y. Joshi 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. She 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 has presented her research around the world, including at the White House and for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

In 2014, FDU awarded her the FDU Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship. Dr. Joshi is currently working on a book manuscript: Building a More Perfect Union: Race and Religion in America. She is the author of the book New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America (Rutgers University Press, 2006), which was awarded the National Association for Multicultural Education’s 2007 Philip C. Chinn Book Award. She is co-editor of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice 3rd edition (Routledge, 2015), 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). She has 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.

In 2014, Professor Joshi delivered continuing education seminars for members of the New Jersey Judiciary and bar. In 2013, She was an invited panelist for Preparing for 2050: The changing face of Race in America at the Arts and Ideas Festival, which was broadcast on C-Span. In 2012, along with serving as a consultant for the Pew Research Forum’s groundbreaking survey on Asian Americans and religion, Dr. Joshi was invited to present her research on Hindu American Communities at the White House in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she delivered a plenary address at an International Conference on the Gujarati Diaspora at North Gujarat University, sponsored by the Government of India; the conference brought together leading scholars on the Indian experience from the U.S., United Kingdom, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific islands. In 2009, 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.

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 an invited paper on “Religion and Globalization” at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and a paper on “Second Generation A and B” at 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.

Professor 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 C-Span, has been interviewed on PRI’s The World, and been quoted in New York Times, The Times of India, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Deseret News, the Boston Globe, Voice of America, the Houston Chronicle, India Abroad, the Saint Louis Dispatch, the Star Ledger, The Tennessean, and the Daily Record of New Jersey. She resides in Wayne, New Jersey, with her husband and son.