Asian Americans, Religious Freedom, and the State

Event Date: 

Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Betty Elings Wells Pavilion (Faculty Club)

Event Price: 


How have Asian Americans pursued legal recognition, religious freedom, and religious equality in the United States? This public forum convenes scholars from across disciplines to discuss how state governance has defined and regulated Asian American religious liberty claims and how Asian American religious practitioners have advocated for rights and recognition.


Prema Kurien, Professor of Sociology, Syracuse University

Arvind-Pal S. Mandair, Professor of Sikh Studies, University of Michigan

Sherally K. Munshi, Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Junaid Rana, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Isaac Weiner, Associate Professor of Religion, Ohio State University


Melissa M. Borja, Associate Professor of American Culture, University of Michigan

Dusty Hoesly, Associate Director, Walter H. Capps Center, UCSB


This event is funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and Department of Asian American Studies at UCSB.