Alka Arora, PhD
Core Faculty, Women's Spirituality Program
ALKA ARORA, PhD (Women Studies, University of Washington) is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Women's Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a first generation Indian-American with spiritual roots in the Yogic philosophy of Hinduism. With these roots as a foundation, she has also been deeply influenced by the vipassana tradition within Buddhism, New Thought philosophy, and ecofeminism/environmental justice. Her dissertation, The Re-enchantment of Feminism: Countering Fundamentalisms, Encountering the Sacred (2008) examined spiritual discourses among third-wave feminists in Seattle. Arora's teaching experience and interests include feminist theory, women of color feminism, women in Hinduism, spiritual activism, and the spirituality and politics of love relationships. Prior to joining the CIIS faculty in 2011, she worked as director of the Women's Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara.