Tulasi Srinivas is trained as a sociologist and anthropologist of religion with expertise on South Asia. She is an award-winning teacher, most recently the 2015 Helaine and Stanley Miller awardee for teaching excellence at Emerson College.

Srinivas is a decorated author and editor of 6 books including Winged Faith Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism Columbia University Press 2010, the award-winning Curried Cultures: Food, Globalization and South Asia, University of California Press, 2012 and Aleph press 2017, Indian edition, and The Cow in the Elevator: An Anthropology of Wonder with Duke University Press Spring 2018. She is currently working on two monographs; one on death and immortality, titled Death of a Guru; Life and the Afterlife in a Global Religious Movement and the other on the connections between religion, ethics and ecological degradation titled The Absent Goddess: Religion, Ecology and Violence in a Millenial City for which she recently won the LUCE-ACLS Fellowship in Religion, Journalism and Intrenational Affairs.

Srinivas has held several prestigious fellowships; at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University (2002), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University (2006-2007) and at the Kate Hamburger Kolleg, Bochum, Germany and the Radcliffe Institue for advanced Study at Harvard University (2016-17). For 2018-19 Srinivas has received the Luce-ACLS fellowship in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs for her next reserach project The Absent Goddesss: Religion, Ecology and Violence in an Indian City. Her research has been supported by the NEH, the NSF, The Pew Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Srinivas is an advisor to the Bangalore city study group to the non profit Jaaga in Bangalore that deals with conflict over land in the city. She is part of the team of experts to the World Economic Forum, Davos, on the Global Agenda Council on The Crisis of Global Inequality. 

Research and Teaching Interests: Sociology of religion and globalization, Asian American families, food and gender, secularism and violence, transnational processes, economy, money and indigeneity, ritual studies, anthropology of wonder, ecology, life and flourishing, food and drink, materiality, visual culture, post colonialism.

Biography: As a sociologist, anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, Srinivas' main work has been on the changing geopolitical and religious imaginaries of religious communities in and of India. She is committed to bringing questions of transnataional equity into contemporary scholarship. 


  • Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
    Since 2007


B.A., Bangalore University
M.A., University of Southern California
Ph.D., Boston University