Angela Rudert

Back to Directory

Angela Rudert

Senior Lecturer in Religion

Department/Office Information

  • Ph.D., Syracuse University, Religion
  • M. Phil., Syracuse University, Religion
  • M.A., Cornell University, Asian Studies
  • B.A., Davidson College, Religion
  • Ithaca College, 2012-2018
  • Wells College, 2011-2012
  • Syracuse University, 2007
  • World Religions
  • Asian religions, Hinduism, religions in modern India
  • Indian Epics
  • Religion and gender
  • Women’s religious leadership and authority
  • Globalization and religion
  • Religious pluralism
  • South Asian religious traditions in North America
  • Guru movements and global yoga


2017 Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Woman-Led Spiritual Community. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Journal Articles:

2017 “Shakti’s New Voice: Anandmurti Gurumaa and Female Empowerment,” in Women in Asian Religions, ed. Zayn Kassam. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. 
2014 “A Sufi, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, TV Guru,” in Religious Pluralism, State and Society in Asia, ed. Chiara Formichi: 236-257. New York and London: Routledge.
2010 “Research on Contemporary Indian Gurus: What’s New about New Age Gurus?” Religion Compass, October 2010, 629-642.

Book Reviews:

2021. Tulasi Srinivas, The Cow in the Elevator: An Anthropology of WonderInternational Journal of Hindu Studies. Vol. 25.1 (April).

2021. Karline McLain. The Afterlife of Sai Baba: Competing Visions of a Global Saint, H-Asia Reviews, H-NET (March).

2018. John Brockington, Mary Brockington (eds) with Mandakranta Bose. The Other Rāmāyaṇa Women. International Journal of Hindu Studies. 23.3 (December).


2018 “Anandmurti Gurumaa.” World Religions & Spirituality Project (WRSP), Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Academic mini-grant, Ithaca College
  • Doctoral Prize, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award
  • FLAS fellowships at Syracuse and Cornell universities
  • Harvard University Pluralism Project research grant