• Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Mellichamp Professor and Department Chair

International human rights

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Senior Continuing Lecturer

Global environmental governance, climate change, sustainable development, political economy, international organizations and governance

  • Associate Professor
  • African Diaspora
  • Caribbean literature
  • Post-colonial Literature
  • Haitian literature, culture, history
  • Gender and transnationalism
  • Migration and identity
  • Professor

postcolonial theory and global media

  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Global Theory and Culture

Global Ethics;

Cosmopolitanisms in a World of Global Absolutisms;

Globalizing the Humanities;

American Literary, Cultural, Intellectual, and Religious Studies

  • Distinguished Professor and the Kundan Kaur Kapany Endowed Chair

Global Studies as an emerging field

Global rise of religious violence

Nationalism and transnational in a global age

Sikhism and South Asian religion and politics

Global religion; conflict resolution 

  • Associate Professor

Specializing in the literary and cultural study of the Caribbean, Europe and North Africa from the eighteenth century to the present.

  • Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Economic Development, Globalization & Structural Transformation, Inequality, Employment, Human Capital, Institutions

  • Distinguished Professor and Mellichamp Chair in Transnational Civil Society Networks
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  • Assistant Professor

Conflict and violence, civil wars, state building, genocide and mass killing, development, African and Latin American politics

  • Lecturer

Sikhism and Sikh Diaspora

Diasporas and Development

International Political Economy

Indian and Chinese Development

Role of China and India in Sub-Saharan Africa


Founder-editor of the Journal of Punjab Studies (now Journal of Sikh and Punjab Studies), in publication since 1994. The Journal has been published by the Center for Sikh & Punjab Studies at UC Santa Barbara since 2004. Also one of the founders and later Convenor of the Punjab Research Group which was established in the UK in 1984.

He has published widely on Indian, Punjabi and Sikh migration and on transnational practices of Sikhs, especially Sikh diaspora’s homeland relations. He is co-author (with Michael Fisher and Shompa Lahiri) of A South Asian History of Britain: Four Centuries of Peoples from the Indian Sub-Continent, (Greenwood Press, 2007). He has co-edited two books: Punjabi Identity in a Global Context [ed. with Pritam Singh, OUP, 1999) and People on the Move: Punjabi Colonial and Post Colonial Migration [edited with Ian Talbot, OUP, 2004).  He is currently working on a book on Global Sikhism