PhD in the History of Religion, UCLA; professor of Religious Studies at CSUN. Her areas of concentration include South Asian religious traditions, and women and religion. She is the co-editor of The Constant and Changing Face of the Goddess: Goddess Traditions in Asia. She has contributed chapters to several notable books and articles to many peer-reviewed journals on women and religion, Hindu ideas of kingship, nationalist and feminist theories, goddesses, Islam in India; and has concentrated especially on the roles of food in ancient and modern women’s rituals. Her latest article, which focuses on online worship, is published in the Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet. She is hoping to continue this new area of research in India and in the South Asian Diaspora.