Research & Publications

Research and publications are of primary interest to people working in the Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies. The Journal of Punjab Studies publishes the latest research in the area and over the past years several books and doctoral dissertations have been completed.

In addition, our current and past graduate students' writings have appeared in a variety of periodicals, ranging from The Tribune (English daily newspaper with the largest circulation in Punjab) to the Journal of Punjab Studies. Several students contributed articles in a special issue on the Sikhs in Faces: People, Places, and Cultures (Peterborough, NH, Cobblestone, 2000), a popular educational magazine used in North American schools. Our past students have also contributed significantly to the writing of the text book An Introduction to Punjabi.

Current Research

Translation of Classical Sikh Texts

The Vars of Gurdas Bhalla (d. 1628)
Rahuldeep Singh Gill (California Lutheran University)

The project entails preparing critical edition as well as translation of Gurdas Bhalla's seminal vars into English. His contribution is highly acclaimed inside the Sikh community, but his works are relatively unknown to those who work in English. This effort is the first step in filling that void.

Sikh Music

Shabad Kirtan
Gibb Schreffler (Pomona College)

The research aims to trace the development of the role of music in Sikh practice, and in the process examine the discourse surrounding the currently popular term gurmat sangit, by combining a reading of Punjabi-language sources and insights emerging from ethnographic data.

Global Sikhism

The research effort of Gurinder Singh Mann (UCSB) and Shinder Singh Thandi (Coventry University) focuses on the rise of the Sikhs as a global community, and the implications of this developments for its future.