Alka Arora

Alka Arora, PhD

Assistant Professor
Women's Spirituality

Program Chair
Women's Spirituality

Office 412,4th Floor 
CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Alka Arora, PhD is chair of the Women's Spirituality program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She holds a PhD in Women Studies from the University of Washington. Her dissertation, "The Re-enchantment of Feminism: Countering Fundamentalisms, Encountering the Sacred" (2008) examined spiritual discourses among third-wave feminists in Seattle. Prior to joining the CIIS faculty, she served as director of the Women's Center at UC Santa Barbara.

Dr. Arora's current teaching and research interests include multicultural feminist theory, spiritual activism, Buddhism, animal ethics, and integral feminist pedagogy.


  • Arora, Alka. (2005). Aligning in Socially Transformative Courses. In Donald Wulff, ed. Aligning for Learning: Strategies for Teaching Effectiveness (pp 147‐161). Bolton, MA: Anker Books.

Recent Presentations:

  • "Embodiment, Spirituality, and Decolonization: Toward an Integral Feminist Pedagogy," American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2014.
  • "Transcending Speciesism: Feminism and Animal Ethics," National Women Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Meeting, San Juan, PR, November 2014.
  • "Wisdom 2.0 @ CIIS - A Panel Discussion on Wisdom in the Modern World," California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, February 2014.
  • "Envisioning the Fourth Wave: Young Women's Creative Spiritual Activism," American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2012.
  • "Transrational Feminist Praxis: Integrating the Spiritual, Political, and Personal," National Women Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Meeting, Oakland, CA, November 2012.
  • "Leading from Spirit: Spiritual Activism and Visionary Leadership," Wo/men's Conference 2012: Wo/men Engaging in Change, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA, March 2012.
  • "From Misappropriation to Solidarity: The Sacred Journey toward Political Engagement," Association for the Study of Women in Mythology (ASWM) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 2012.

A full list of presentations and other activities can be found on her CV.

Wisdom 2.0 @ CIIS - A Panel Discussion on Wisdom in the Modern World
Featuring Meg Jordan, Robert McDermott, Craig Chalquist, Alka Arora (at 28 minutes), and Steven Goodman

Goddess Alive Radio welcomed Dr. Alka Arora, to focus on "Goddesses, Scholars, & Activists." On Friday, March 6 she discussed studying Goddesses in the academy; the role of spirituality in the women's movement; and what are students and graduates from CIIS Women's Spirituality doing? Listen here.

Professor Alka Arora teaches courses in the Women's Spirituality program such as