Alka Arora Alka Arora

Assistant Professor
Women's Spirituality
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, University of Washington

BA, University of Southern California

Alka Arora, PhD is a Core Faculty member 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.

Publications:

  • 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.

Women's Spirituality Faculty

Alka Arora Alka Arora
Assistant Professor, Women's Spirituality
PhD, University of Washington,
BA, University of Southern California,
Asoka Bandarage Asoka Bandarage
Adjunct Distinguished Professor, Women's Spirituality
PhD, BA, Yale University,
BA, Bryn Mawr College,
Jennifer Berezan Jennifer Berezan
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
MA, Holy Names College,
BA, University of Calgary,
Carolyn Brandy Carolyn Brandy
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
BA, Holy Names College,
Susan Carter Susan Carter
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality & Transformative Inquiry
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, Lewis and Clark College,
Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum
Professor Emeritus, Women's Spirituality
PhD, MA, BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Carol P. Christ Carol P. Christ
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
Director,
PhD, MA, Yale University,
Lisa Christie Lisa Christie
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MBA, Santa Clara University; BA, Coleman College,
Jen Cross
Program Coordinator, Women's Spirituality
Cheryl Dawson Cheryl Dawson
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MDiv, Graduate Theological Union,
MA, New College of California; BA, California State University, Hayward,
Vivian Dzyak Vivian Dzyak
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, California State University, Hayward,
Riane Eisler Riane Eisler
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Women's Spirituality Program
Philosophy and Religion Department, School of Consciousness and Transformation
JD, University of California, Los Angeles,
Heide Goettner-Abendroth Heide Goettner-Abendroth
Adjunct Distinguished Professor, Women's Spirituality
PhD, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat of Munich,
Susan Griffin
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, BA, San Francisco State University,
Miri Hunter Haruach Miri Hunter Haruach
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, University of New Mexico; BFA, University of Tampa,
Mara Lynn Keller Mara Lynn Keller
Professor, Women's Spirituality Program
PhD, MPhil, Yale University,
MA, Purdue University; BA, Gettysburg College,
Anne Key Anne Key
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, BA, Stephen F. Austin State University,
Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman
Adjunct Instructor, Women's Spirituality
MAHL, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College,
MA, Hebrew Union College; BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Mary Mackey Mary Mackey
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
Phd, University of Michigan,
BA, Harvard University,
Reanae McNeal Reanae McNeal
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, Texas Woman’s University,
BA, Western Illinois University,
Mytrae Meliana Mytrae Meliana
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, MM, Ball State University,
Arisika Razak Arisika Razak
Professor Emeritus, Women's Spirituality
MPH, University of California, Berkeley,
Sara Salazar Sara Salazar
Lecturer,
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Charlene Spretnak Charlene Spretnak
Professor Emeritus, Women's Spirituality
Starhawk Starhawk
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
MA, Antioch West,
BA, UCLA,
Elizabeth Ursic Elizabeth Ursic
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, Arizona State University; MDiv, Yale University,
BA/MA, BA/BS, University of Pennsylvania,
Karen Nelson Villanueva Karen Nelson Villanueva
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, George Washington University; MA, Holy Names University,
Afia Walking Tree Afia Walking Tree
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
M.Ed, Bank Street College of Education,
Sara Webb Sara Webb
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Annette Williams Annette Williams
Program Chair and Assistant Professor, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,

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