Leilah Vevaina is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. From 2015-2019, she was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen, Germany. She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in 2014. She has an M.A. in Anthropology from The New School (2007), as well as an M.A. in Social Thought from New York University (2005). Her research focuses on the form of trusts within the intersection of urban property and religious life. Her book manuscript, Trust Matters: Religious Endowments, Parsis, and Property in Mumbai, lies at the intersection of urban property and religious life within the legal regimes of contemporary India. Her current research examines intra-communal modes of wealth transfer through religious endowments between Bombay-Mumbai and Hong Kong.
- Dying and diaspora: the faith and finance of death rituals (completed)
- Of faith and fortune: Parsi philanthropic networks between Bombay-Mumbai and Hong Kong (completed)
- Parsi religious endowments in Mumbai (completed)