Professor Christopher Miller, PhD MA Faculty Vice President of Academic Affairs
Christopher Jain Miller, the co-founder and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Arihanta Institute, completed his PhD in the study of Religion at the University of California, Davis. He is a Visiting Researcher at the University of Zürich’s Asien-Ori... Read More
Professor Cogen Bohanec, PhD MA Faculty Assistant Professor at Arihanta Institute
Cogen Bohanec, PhD, an Assistant Professor at Arihanta Institute, received his doctorate in Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion from the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California where his research emphasized comparative dharmic tra... Read More
Jeffery D. Long is the Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania where he has taught since receiving his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School in the year 2000.<... Read More
Professor Jonathan Dickstein, PhD MA Faculty Assistant Professor, Arihanta Institute
Jonathan Dickstein (PhD), an Assistant Professor at Arihanta Institute beginning May 2023, specializes in South Asian Religions, Religion and Ecology, and Comparative Religious Ethics. He received his doctoral degree in Religious Studies from the Univers... Read More
Anand Jayprakash Vaidya is a professor of philosophy at San Jose State University and occasionally directs the Center for Comparative Philosophy. He was trained as an analytic philosopher from 1996 – 2005. His 2005 dissertation, The Epistemology of Meta... Read More
Ellen Gough, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University. She received a PhD in Asian Religions from Yale University in 2015.

Most of her research takes an ethno-historical approach that combines the study o... Read More
Brianne Donaldson, PhD Brianne holds the Shri Parshvanath Presidential Chair in Jain Studies at University of California, Irvine.

Brianne explores the implicit foundational beliefs that inform social inclusion and ethical action toward plants, ... Read More
Steven M. Vose is a scholar of Jain traditions focusing on the Śvetāmbar communities of western India from the late medieval era to the present. He approaches the study of Jain communities through the disciplines of history, anthropology, ethics, and ar... Read More
Pratiti Jain holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy and Masters in Business Administration, currently working for a major health plan as Pharmacy Program Manager. She has expertise in the field of managed health care with an emphasis on pharmacy benefits managemen... Read More
Arpit Mehta Advisory Board Member
Arpit Mehta, an Advisory Board Member for Arihanta Institute, is a PhD candidate and Subject Matter Expert in Bioinformatics at Oncology Informatics unit, Philips Inc. He is also pursuing his PhD in computer science at Florida International University. He... Read More
Hope Bohanec has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for 30 years and has published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She is the Executive Director of Compassionate Living and the host of the Hope for the Animals... Read More
Nisha Mehta Ivey is a New York City-based screenwriter and TV producer. She recently wrote for the new Netflix series The Fame Game, starring Madhuri Dixit, and has worked for US and international networks, including AMC, HBO, and Apple. Mehta Ivey curren... Read More
Mayuri Bhandari holds a master’s degree in yoga studies from Loyola Marymount University. Her focus as an instructor and practitioner lies in the application of yoga beyond the mat, as a way of life.

Through her artivism, Mayuri creates works... Read More
Shanti Parakh, MA, MSc is an internationally known yoga teacher, reflexologist, metaphysician and healer. He served for many years as the vice-chair of the International Mahavir Jain Mission Canada, having been appointed directly by the chair and founder,... Read More
Pratik Bhansali is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering. He thinks taking a stand against any form of discrimination is something that forms basic decency. This stand should encompass all animals – humans and non-humans, and being a vegan is a mere... Read More
Sunny Jain Advisory Board Member
Sunny Jain, an Advisory Board Member of Arihanta Institute, is the founder and current chair of the Global Jain Network, a virtual Jain community with a reach of over 13 thousand Jains globally. He is also on the leadership team of The Jain Vegan Initiati... Read More
Manoj Jain, MD MPH, is a physician and writer. Dr. Jain writes regularly for the Washington Post and has been interviewed by CNN and National Public Radio. He is faculty at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He teaches meditation, and ha... Read More
Yogendra Jain is an entrepreneur and an engineer. He is former chairman of the Long-Range Planning Committee, and former Secretary of JAINA. He has presented and led groundbreaking seminars and projects, including Tattvārtha Sutra: He has done pioneering... Read More
Professor Atul K. Shah has a PhD from the London School of Economics and is author of ‘Inclusive and Sustainable Finance’ (Routledge 2022), ‘Jainism and Ethical Finance’ (with Aidan Rankin, Routledge 2017); The Politics of Financial Risk, Audit an... Read More
Patricia received her doctorate and master’s degree in Religious Studies from Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she is currently a post-doctoral researcher and an Assistant Professor, teaching methodologies for the study of reli... Read More
Laura von Ostrowski studied Indology, Religious Studies and Romance Studies at LMU Munich. From 2015-2018 she was a fellow of the DFG Research Training Group “Presence and Implicit Knowledge” at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and received her PhD in Religious... Read More
Vandana Jain is a devotee practicing Jain and is an active member of the Shrimad Rajchandra Swadhyay Kendra (SRSK) of New Jersey for the past 12 years. She is the Founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Pathshala at the Jain Center of New Jersey (JCNJ) and has been... Read More
Archana Jain Jerath holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Masters degree in Information Management, currently works for Automatic Data Processing Inc. as Senior Director in Product Management. Her expertise includes next generation HR/ Pa... Read More
Dinesh Jain is a prolific entrepreneur and a business leader with over 39 years of experience globally in Life Sciences, InfoTech & Knowledge industry. He is the Founder CEO of Aagami, Inc. providing Strategic Consulting and Advisory services to Globa... Read More
Alba Rodríguez is completing her PhD at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). She graduated in psychology at the University of Valencia, Spain, and completed a master’s degree in yoga studies at Loyola Marymount University with the support of ... Read More
Dr. Benjamin Zenk is Instructor of Management in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the United States. There, he teaches critical thinking, business ethics, environmental ethics, and introductory business. Dr. Zen... Read More