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Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D.

Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Trinity University. He is the Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition, a Truman National Security Fellow for the Truman National Security Project, and a Handa Fellow in Interreligious Communication.

Simran’s academic expertise focuses on the history of religious communities and literatures in South Asia, and he has taught at Columbia University and Trinity University on Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and Sikh traditions. His dissertation centers around a text called the Puratan Janamsakhi, which stands as the earliest known account of the founder of the Sikh tradition. Simran’s recent scholarship and public engagement examines xenophobia, racial profiling and hate violence in post 9/11 America. His latest scholarly article on this topic is entitled “Muslimophobia, Racialization, and Mistaken Identity.” 

Simran is a prolific writer who has contributed over 50 opinion pieces to news outlets like The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Guardian. He has become a consistent expert for reporters and news outlets across the world, and he frequently offers his perspectives to television, radio, and print media. Simran also speaks regularly on a variety of topics related to diversity, inclusion, civil rights, religion, and hate violence, and his thought leadership extends to a number of audiences, including public venues like the White House and Pentagon and educational institutions like Princeton University and Dartmouth College.

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, Dr. Gunisha Kaur, teaches and works as an anesthesiologist specializing in global health at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Simran is fluent in multiple languages, and he holds a PhD from Columbia University, a graduate degree from Harvard University, and an undergraduate degree from Trinity University.

Selected Publications

“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. 

Research Areas

South Asia, Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam, Early Modern Manuscript Culture, Hagiographical Writings, Race and Religion, Islamophobia, Hate Violence, Communalization, Identity Construction, Community Formation

Grants & 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)

Personal Interests

Marathon Running
Civil Rights Advocacy