Khyati Y. Joshi

Khyati Y. Joshi lives at the intersection of race and religion, personally and professionally. She is a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the co-founder of the Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice, which provides professional development on diversity, equity, and justice. Growing up as a brown Hindu girl in Atlanta, Georgia, shaped Khyati’s scholarship: she is the author or editor of seven books, including "White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America," "Envisioning Religion, Race and Asian America," and "Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. Her website is, and she can be contacted on Twitter @ProfKjoshi.

All Stories by Khyati Y. Joshi

Vivek Ramaswamy and the limits of ‘God talk’ 

By Khyati Y. Joshi — August 7, 2023
(RNS) — Evangelical attacks on the Hindu candidate show that in politics, 'religious' still means 'Christian.'

Nikki Haley says she’s Christian, but it’s complicated

By Khyati Y. Joshi — February 16, 2023
(RNS) — Dogged by questions about her faith, what is she trying to prove?

DEI is more than race and gender. It’s faith, too.

By Khyati Y. Joshi — October 11, 2022
(RNS) — People of different faiths shouldn’t have to miss important work events to celebrate their holidays.

SCOTUS puts government back in the business of funding religious education

By Khyati Y. Joshi — June 23, 2022
(RNS) — This ruling allows taxpayers to be compelled to pay tuition to schools that expressly discriminate.

India’s dark turn from model of religious pluralism to cautionary tale

By Khyati Y. Joshi — June 10, 2022
(RNS) — We need to see ourselves in India’s religious minorities.

Why ‘Merry Christmas’ is better than ‘Happy Holidays’ for Americans of all faiths

By Khyati Y. Joshi — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — 'Happy Holidays' does nothing to change the privilege that Christians enjoy in the United States.

Meet the Hindu god Rama, an immigrant

By Khyati Y. Joshi — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — How the Diwali story lights our path in the U.S.

The battle over CRT is a manufactured crisis. Here’s why we still have to fight it.

By Khyati Y. Joshi — August 18, 2021
(RNS) — Teachers and administrators are bracing for an attack that is rushing toward them like a tsunami.

For Indian American Hindus, loving India doesn’t mean holding back our criticism

By Khyati Y. Joshi — June 2, 2021
(RNS) — We must examine how ethnic pride results in soft-pedaling our criticism of the Indian government.

The swastika and the 4 H’s

By Khyati Y. Joshi — March 24, 2021
(RNS) — Banning the swastika, or writing laws that treat it as only a Nazi symbol, would violate the First Amendment. Just as important, bans sidestep the real issue such as dealing with our differences and coexisting as Americans.  

Kamala Harris can show Americans how we share our faiths

By Khyati Y. Joshi — January 21, 2021
(RNS) — In Harris’ America, people can be steadfast in their own faith and part of their own religious community and still engage with other traditions.
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