• Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
  • 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 development

  • Assistant Professor
  • African Diaspora
  • Caribbean literature
  • Post-colonial Literature
  • Haitian iterature, culture, history
  • Gender and transnationalism
  • Migration and identity
  • Professor
  • human rights
  • global governance
  • international law
  • legal pluralism
  • postcolonialism
  • indigenous law & politics
  • ethnographic approaches
  • social and legal theory
  • LLB /BA (Hons History) Uni of Melbourne
  • MA Harvard (sociocultural anthropology)
  • PhD Uni of Chicago (sociocultural anthropology)
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  • SSMS 2101; 2117
  • Professor and Advisor to the Chair

Global Theory and Culture

Global Ethics;

Cosmopolitanisms in a World of Global Absolutisms;

Globalizing the Humanities;

American Literary, Cultural, Intellectual, and Religious Studies

  • Kundan Kaur Kapany Professor

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

Economic Development, Employment, Inequality

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  • Kapany Visiting Professor

Sikhs and Sikh Diaspora

Political Economy of Development

Emerging Economies with special focus on Indian and Chinese Development

Evolving China-India-Africa Relations


Founder-editor of the Journal of 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 with Professor Gurinder Singh Mann on Global Sikhism