Dr. Rita Sherma is Director of Hindu Studies and Associate Professor of Dharma Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. Previously, she served as the Swami Swami Vivekananda Visiting Faculty in Hindu Studies at the University of Southern California. Professor Sherma holds an MA in Religion and a PhD in Theology and Ethics. She has published five books, is an editor in chief of the International Journal of Dharma Studies, and the editor of the Hinduism Volume of the Encyclopedia of Indian Religions (2017). She is the co-founder and vice president of the Dharma Academy of North America (DANAM), an academic forum which explores, in multidisciplinary ways, the cultures, religious lives, philosophies, art, ritual, and contemporary applications of the religions born in India. She is currently completing a book that envisions a contemporary Hindu ecological theology of the divine feminine.