Leena Taneja
Associate Professor
Zayed University, UAE
Expertise in
Comparative Philosophy/Interdisciplinary Studies
Other Reference


“Hindu Identity as a Site of Liminality”. In: B/orders Unbound: Marginality, Ethnicity, and Identity in Literatures. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing Company, 2016.

“In Search of Environmental Awareness in Chaitanyaite Vaishnavism,” Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 2015, Vol 20, No. 4. Pp. 22-45.

“Brahmanism and Early Hinduism” in World Religions: Beliefs, Practices and Culture, 2013.

“Hindu Grace” in Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions. ABC-CLIO, 2013.

“Acintya-Bheda-Bheda-Tattva” in Indian Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, ed. Arvind Sharma. Springer, 2013.

“Resurrecting Braj: Engaged Vaishnavism as Environmental Theology” in Engaged Hinduism: Service and Spiritual Practice ed. Rita D. Sherma & Arvind Sharma. (forthcoming book chapter)

“The Rasa of Identity and Difference” in Emotion, Imagination, and Transformation: The Many Faces of Rasa Theory ed. Rita D. Sherma & Leena Taneja. Oxford, Oxford University Press (in progress)

Guru Speaks! Man in India, 89 (4): 787-797, 2010.

“Expecting the Unexpected: The Secret of the Gift in Bengali Vaishnavism,” Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 2009, Vol 17, No. 2, pp. 24-55.

Tracing the Absence of Faith: Deconstruction, Hermeneutics and the Gaudiya Vaishnava Faith, Saarbrucken Germany: VDM Verlag, 2008.

“Swapping Religious Identities: Why Brand Loyalty is not American,” Orlando Sentinel, July 17, 2008.

“Why Religious Choice is Not American,” Daytona Beach News-Journal, April 5, 2008.

“Oneself as Another: A Gadamerian Conversation with Gaudiya Vaishnavism,” in Hermeneutics and Hindu Thought: Toward a Fusion of Horizons, ed. Rita D. Sherma & Deepak Sharma. Oxford, Oxford University Press, Fall 2008. (book chapter)

“Reclaiming a Voice from the Periphery: The Forgotten Story of Narayan Bhatt,” Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 2007, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 35-50.

“Hindu Grace,” 600-word entry in Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions (Spring 2007)

“Union and Separation: Transdifference in Gaudiya Vaishnava Theology,” Journal for the Study of British Cultures, 2006, Vol.13, Issue 2, pp. 163-174.

“Deconstructing Faith: Gaudiya Vaishnavism and the School of Deconstruction,” Journal of Religion East/West, 2005, Issue 5, pp. 99-113.

“Postmodern Spirituality and Finitude,” Journal of Contemplative Review, 2004.

“Difference: The Subtext of Derridean and Gaudiya Vaishnava Theology,” Journal of Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, 2004, Vol. 5, No.2.


2018-2020. Research Incentive Award, Zayed University

2014: New Faculty Start Up Grant, Zayed University

2008: National Endowment for the Humanities

2007: Stetson Summer Faculty Grant

2006: Indo-Canada Shastri Grant

Conference Presentations:

Madison Wisconsin South Asian Conference

Beyond Brahmincal Asceticism: A Study of Female Ascetics in the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition.

Madison, Wisconsin, OCTOBER, 2017

International Society for Intellectual History

Hindutva: How the Rise of "Essential" Hinduism is Shaping Modern India's Political.

Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, May, 2017

Association of Asian Studies

Prasad: Eating God's Leftovers.

Toronto, Canada, March, 2017

University of Bucharest : Mythmaking in the 21st Century

Two Tales of Resistance

Romaina, Bucharest, May, 2016

Second Asian Conference on Arts, Humaniites, and Sustainability

In Search of Ecological Awareness in Chaitanya Vaishnavism.

Kobe, Japan, 2015

International Conference on Language, Literature, and Culture

Hindu Identity as a Site of Liminality

Isparta, Turkey, 2015

American Academy of Religion Southeastern Regional Meeting

White Hindus, Indian Hindus: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Iskcon Movement

Greenville, NC, March 2013

American Academy of Religion Southeastern Regional Meeting

Resurrecting Braj : Engaged Vaishnavism as Environmental Theology

Atlanta, GA, March 2012

University of Florida, Gainesville

Signifiance of Gujarati in the Study of Global Indian Culture (panelist)

Gainesville, FL, Sept. 2011

Daytona State College

Polyvalent Sacred Space : Experiencing the Sacred Mountain of Govardhan

Daytona Beach, FL, March 2011

The University of Central Florida

Shiva and Krishna : Dance and Culture

Orlando, FL, Nov. 2010

Madison-Wisconsin South Asian Conference

“Expecting the Unexpected : The Secret of the Gift in Gaudiya Vaishnavism”

Madison, WI, Oct. 2009

The American Academy of Religion (national conference)

Panel: Configuring Hindu Communities Beyond India (presiding)

Chicago, IL, Nov. 2008

The American Academy of Religion (national conference)

“Guru Speaks ! ”

Chicago, IL, Nov. 2008