Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures

PhD Supervision

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

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:

  • Randeep Hothi  (ALC/Anthropology/Sikh studies)
  • Avina Kohli (ALC – state-society relationships in a post-conflict society )
  • Asa Willoughby (Sikh/Punjabi Diaspora networks from Sept. 2022)
  • Punnu Jaitla  (Philosophical Anthropology/Sikh studies)
  • Jasleen Singh  (American Cultures/Gender/Sikhism)
  • Conner Vanderbeek (Ethnomusicology/Punjabi Music, Sikh Diaspora, Identity)
  • Vrinda Aggarwal (Art History/Postcoloniality)
  • Benjamin Figuera Lackington (Comparative Literature – World Philosophies)
  • Jaskirat Hothi (UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies/ Sikh Philosophy)
  • Basmah Arshad (MA International Institute – Diaspora and International Politics)