PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising graduate students in all aspects of Sikh studies, but particularly those who have interests in the fields of cross-cultural philosophy, diaspora and the critical study of violence and political theology.

Former students who graduated:

  • Jeremy Saul Rufin  (2013) – Now teaching at Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Nirinjan Khalsa  (2014) – Now teaching at Loyola Marymount University, USA
  • Harjeet Singh Grewal  (2017) – Now teaching at University of Calgary, USA
  • Tavleen Kaur (MA from U-M, PhD UC Irvine) – Now teaching at California State University, Fullerton


I am currently supervising or co-supervising/committee member for the following students:

  • Avina Kohli (From September 2021)
  • Randeep Hothi  (Linguistic Anthropology/Media Networks/Sikh studies)
  • Punnu Jaitla  (Anthropology/Sikh studies)
  • Jasleen Singh  (American Cultures/Gender/Sikhism)
  • Conner Vanderbeek (Ethnomusicology/Punjabi Music, Culture, Identity)
  • Swarnim Khare (ALC/South Asian Literature)


Arvind-Pal S. Mandair
Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures

Tara Singh & Balwant Kaur Chattha, Gurbax Singh & Kirpal Kaur Brar Professor of Sikh Studies

Philosophy/Religion/Postcolonial Theory/Sikh Studies/South Asian Studies

Phone: 734.763.6307
Office: 202 South Thayer Street
Office 6016
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

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