Graduate Students


Ashvina Patel

Graduate Student

Heroy Hall 407A

Ashvina holds a M.A. degree in Religion from University of Hawai'i, Manoa and a B.A. in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. As a graduate student, she studied in Kobe, Japan. Her master's work focused on Japanese Religions and New Cults. After her graduate studies, she was a Fellow at the East West Center's Asia Pacific Leadership Program, focusing on developing negotiation and conflict resolution modules for a multi-lingual, multicultural audience.

As a doctoral student, Ashvina will research refugee and internally displaced populations and how the process of displacement affects individual and collective religious identity. Research interests include ethnic/religious conflicts, post-conflict reconstruction, women's rights, and migration.

Entered program in 2013.

Region of Study:

Refugee/IDP Populations