Dr Simran Jeet Singh

Dr Simran Jeet Singh

Department of Theology and Religion
Henry R. Luce Post-Doctoral Fellow for Religion in International Affairs at NYU’s Center for Religion and Media
Honorary Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre

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I am an educator, writer, activist, and scholar who believes deeply that love, equity, and justice are intertwined. I enjoy connecting with diverse audiences on a variety of topics, including civil rights, diversity, inclusion, religion, racism, and hate violence.

Qualifications

  • PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University
  • MTS from Harvard University
  • BA from Trinity University

Biography

Simran is a Professor of Religion at Trinity University and Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition, a civil rights organization based in New York City. This year, Simran serves as the Henry R. Luce Fellow for Religion in International Affairs at NYU’s Center for Religion and Media, and next year he will begin another writing fellowship with the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies. He frequently contributes opinion pieces to various news outlets and is a consistent expert for reporters around the world in television, radio, and print media. Simran is also on the board for Religion News Association, a fellow for the Truman National Security Project, and a termmember for the Council on Foreign Relations.

Simran holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and he has taught various courses, including introductions to the Sikh, Hindu, Islamic, and Buddhist traditions. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Simran is a diehard Spurs fan and avid marathoner. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Manhattan, New York.

Research

Simran is the author of “Covering Sikhs,” a guidebook to help journalists accurately report on the Sikh community. Simran is currently working on two projects: one book that focuses on the formative moments of the Sikh tradition and its founder, Guru Nanak, and another that examines the intersection of race and religion in modern Islamophobia.

Other activities

  • Senior Religion Fellow, Sikh Coalition
  • Truman National Security Fellow, Truman National Security Project
  • Term-Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Board Member, Religion News Association

Publications

  • “Muslimophobia, Racialization, and Mistaken Identity” – Author, Fall 2015 An article detailing anti-Sikh hate violence in Muhammad in the Post 9/11 Digital Age; University of Texas Press
  • “Interrogating the Homeland-Diaspora Construct” – Author, Aug 2013 An article investigating notions of homeland and diaspora in Sikh Diaspora: Theory, Agency, and Experience; Brill