Dr. Kusumita P. Pedersen

United States

Location of Activities

North America
St. Francis College
Interfaith Center of New York
Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, St. Francis College, New York

Trustee, Parliament of the World's Religions

Co-Chair, Interfaith Center of New York

Vice President, Committee of Religious NGOs, United Nations

Kusumita P. Pedersen is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at St. Francis College, New York, and has has been part of the global interfaith movement for over thirty years. She is a Trustee of the Parliament of the World's Religions and serves as Co-Chair of the Interfaith Center of New York.She is currently Vice President of the Commiottee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations.  She was previously Executive Director of the Project on Religion and Human Rights and Joint Secretary of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentaryy Leaders on Human Survival. She is co-editor of Earth and Faith: A Book of Reflection for Action (UN Environment Programme, 2000) and co-author of Global Ethics in Practice (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and has published numerous articles on the interfaith movement, environmental ethics and human rights. She has been a student of Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) since 1971 and has published several essays on his philosophy and poetry.

Biography as at 29.05.18
Main Publications: 

1.) Pedersen, Kusumita P. 2015. "Religious Ethics and the Environment". Journal of Religious Ethics. 43 (3): 558-585.

2.) Pedersen, Kusumita P. 2004. "THE INTERFAITH MOVEMENT: AN INCOMPLETE ASSESSMENT". Journal of Ecumenical Studies. 41 (1): 74.

3.) Pedersen, Kusumita P. 1998. "Environmental ethics in interreligious perspective." In Explorations in global ethics: comparative religious ethics and interreligious dialogue, 253-290. Boulder: Westview Pr, 1998. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed April 5, 2017).

4.) Pedersen, Kusumita P. 2009. "Religious freedom, the right to proselytize, and the right 'to be let alone'." In The world's religions after September 11, Vol 2: Religion and human rights, 175-183. Westport, CT, US: Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009. PsycINFO, EBSCOhost (accessed April 5, 2017).

5.) Twiss, Sumner B., and Bruce Grelle. 2000. Explorations in global ethics: comparative religious ethics and interreligious dialogue. Boulder, Colo: Westview Press.

Areas of Actions: 
Freedom of Religion or BeliefEnvironmentDemocracy, Social Cohesion and CitizenshipShared Human Values
Forms of Actions: 
Educational ProgrammesInformation DistributionNetworkingResearch