Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi (Ed.D. 2001), an associate professor in the Sammartino College of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, recently addressed the “racialization of religion” at an international gathering of security and human rights officials in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Joshi, whose research focuses on the experiences of Indian-American Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, was the only American scholar to make a presentation at the event, which is sponsored by the human rights unit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization, with 56 participating nations in Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America, including the United States.
Dr. Joshi presented her work at the plenary session on “Racism in the OSCE Region: Old Issues, New Challenges.” The Vienna meeting was sponsored by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and was scheduled to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Dr. Joshi is the author of New roots in America's sacred ground (2007) and co-author with Dr. Warren Blumenfeld ( Ed.D. 2001) of Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States (2009). Raised in India and Atlanta, Georgia, she now resides in Wayne, New Jersey.