Simran Jeet Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Trinity University and Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition. Simran holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and for the 2017-2018 academic year will be the Henry R. Luce Post-doctoral Fellow of Religion and International Affairs at the NYU Center for Religion and Media. He also currently serves as a Truman National Security Fellow for the Truman National Security Project.
Simran is a prolific writer who contributes frequently to various news outlets and digital platforms. He has become a consistent expert for reporters and news outlets around the world in television, radio, and print media. Singh also serves on the board for the Religion Newswriters Association, the premiere organization for religion journalists in the country.
Simran’s academic expertise focuses on the history of religious communities in South Asia, and he has taught at Columbia University and Trinity University on Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and Sikh traditions. Simran’s recent scholarship and public engagement examines xenophobia, racial profiling and hate violence in post 9/11 America. He is currently working on two books for publication – one explores the intersections of race and religion in modern Islamophobia, and the other historicizes the formation of the Sikh tradition around the earliest memories of its founder, Guru Nanak.
In addition to his academic and media commitments, Simran speaks regularly on a variety of topics related to diversity, inclusion, civil rights, religion, and hate violence. His thought leadership extends to a number of audiences, including educational institutions, religious communities, and public venues like the White House and Pentagon.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Simran is a diehard Spurs fan and avid marathon runner. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Manhattan, New York, where his wife, Gunisha Kaur, teaches and works as an anesthesiologist specializing in global health at Weill Cornell Medical College.
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University
M.T.S., Harvard University
B.A., Trinity University
“Muslimophobia, Racialization, and Mistaken Identity.” Forthcoming in Muhammad in the Post 9/11 Digital Age. Ed. Ruqayya Khan. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.
“Interrogating the Homeland Diaspora Construct.” Sikh Diaspora: Theory, Agency, and Experience. Ed. Michael Hawley. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
South Asia, Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam, Early Modern Manuscript Culture, Hagiographical Writings, Race and Religion, Islamophobia, Hate Violence, Communalization, Identity Construction, Community Formation
Introduction to the Qur’an
Honors & Awards
American Institute of Indian Studies, Rachel F. and Scott McDermott Fellowship (2013-2014)
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship – Hindi (2009-2010), Punjabi (Summer 2009), Persian (2008-2009)
Recipient of Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching (2013)
Finalist for Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching (2012)