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Nanette Spina

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Associate Professor of Religious Studies
South Asia

Nanette R. Spina

Associate Professor, Religious Studies, South Asia

Her areas of interests include Hindu and Buddhist traditions in India, Sri Lanka, and North America. Her research focuses on the intersection of religion, gender, and transnational human mobilities, and the reconstruction of religious, cultural, and ethnic communities in North America. She utilizes historical and social scientific research methods, and has conducted field studies among religious communities in South Asia and North America. Her research interests include: Immigration/Diaspora, Nonviolence Studies, Transnational Religious Traditions, Indian Philosophy, Ritual & Sacred space, Women's spirituality & religion, and Religion & Gender. Dr. Spina teaches courses on South Asian religious traditions in the Department of Religion, and also serves on the faculty of the Center for Asian Studies. Dr. Spina is currently program Co-chair for the American Academy of Religion, Religion and Migration Unit.  Her 2017 monograph is entitled, “Women’s Authority and Leadership in a Hindu Goddess Tradition,” Palgrave Macmillan.  


PhD, McMaster University, Canada

Selected Publications:



Spina, Nanette R. Women’s Authority and Leadership in a Hindu Goddess Tradition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

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