I am current a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, an Editorial Assistant for the Visual Anthropology Review, and a full-time Training Specialist and Special Projects Liaison at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.


Ph.D. Religion –  ABD, Emory University (expected 2018)
M.A. Religion, Duke University 2011
B.S. Astronomy with Honors and Special Honors, University of Texas at Austin 2004B.A. Physics with Honors, University of Texas at Austin 2004


Print Publications
“Building a Natya Shastra.“ In Scripting Dance in Contemporary India. Edited by Mythili Anoop and Varun Gulati. Maryland: Lexington Books, 2016.

Review of Objects of Worship in South Asian Religions: Forms, practices, and meanings. Edited by Knut A. Jacobsen, Mikael Aktor, and Kristina Myrvold. New York: Routledge, 2014, in International Journal Of Hindu Studies, Forthcoming 2016.

Salinas, A., and E.M. Schlegel. “An Observation of the Intermediate Polar XY Arietis with Chandra.” The Astronomical Journal 128 (2004): 1331-1339.

Schlegel, E.M., and A. Salinas. “The Chandra Observation of the IP TX Col.” Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables, ASP Conference Series (2003): astro-ph0301646.

Magazine Contributions

“The Weight of the Guru: A Review of Kumaré.” Sacred Matters Magazine. September 2014.

MA Thesis
“Building a Natya Shastra: Individual Voices in an Evolving Public Memory.”

Blog Posts


My master’s thesis focused on an ethnographic documentary I filmed on the subject of dancers from South and East Indian classical dance traditions in the US. My film can be found through Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/85045092

My dissertation research focuses on the study of daily practices in transnational Hindu religious traditions, primarily contemporary Vaishnavism, through ethnographic, visual anthropology, and phenomenological methods. My research is supported by active participation in the Ethnographic Forum, Practices concentration, and Emory’s Visual Scholarship Initiative.

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship

In addition to my dissertation work, I am a full-time Training Specialist and Special Projects Liaison at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. There I manage the Digital Scholarship Internship Program for graduate students at Emory University. My work at ECDS also includes active production and project management in digital publishing and multimedia projects.


American Academy of Religion
North American Hinduism Steering Committee – American Academy of Religion
Transnational Religious Expression: Between Asia and North America Seminar Steering Committee – American Academy of Religion
American Anthropological Association
Society for Visual Anthropology
Visual Scholarship Initiative – Emory University
Graduate Advisory Council – Graduate Division of Religion [Current Member]
Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion

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