rajbir singh judge
california state university, long beach
I am a scholar of South Asia, Postcolonial Theory, and Modern World History. I received my PhD in History at University of California, Davis in 2018 after obtaining my BA in History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at California State University, Chico in 2010. I was then a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University until Fall 2020 when I joined the Department of History at California State University, Long Beach.
My book manuscript, Prophetic Sovereign, rethinks the relationship between colonialism and Sikhism at the end of the 19th century. The manuscript explores how Duleep Singh, the deposed Maharaja of Panjab, served as a common frame of reference for Sikhs as they engaged in cross-border movement, literary production, bodily discipline, theological debate, and the cultivation of ethical practice. Singh and his assorted incarnations, therefore, disclose how Sikhs alternatively disavowed, appropriated, and re-imagined Singh collectively to cultivate dispositions irreducible to colonial power.
My second book project returns to my earlier interest in the Theosophical Society. I also publish articles on Sikhs in the United States with my colleague, Jasdeep Singh Brar. You can learn more about my work under the Publications tab.
I have taught a wide array of courses. You can browse them under the Teaching tab.
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