Shinder Thandi


Office Location

SSMS 3328


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


Recent Employment

2017-2019       Lecturer in Global Studies

2015-2017       Visiting Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

2012-2015       Principal Lecturer in Economics, Coventry University, UK

2011-2012       Visiting Professor in Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

2005-2011       Chair, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, Coventry University, UK


 (2019) 'Indian Community in the United Kingdom: an overview of characterisitcs and contributions to India' IN S. Irudaya Rajan (ed)  India Migration Report 2019: Diaspora in Europe (Routledge/Taylor Francis)

(2018) 'Educated Millennial Sikhs: Higher Education, Social Mobility and Identity Formation among British Sikh Youth', Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture and Theory, Vol 14, Issue 3-4, pp. 384-401

 (2018) 'Diversities, Continuities and Discontinuities of Tradition in the Contemporary Sikh Diaspora: Gender and Social Dimensions' In Pande, Amba (ed) Women in the Indian Diaspora:    Historical Narratives and Contemporary Challenges (Delhi, Springer).

 (2017) 'History of Sikh Migration', Encyclopaedia of Sikhism, Vol. 1 (Leiden,  E.J. Brill).

 (2017) 'Promise of Punjabi Diaspora: Rhetoric and Reality of Failed Engagement', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 52, No. 3, 21 January.

 (2016) 'What is Sikh in a "Sikh Wedding"? Text, Ritual and Performance in Diaspora Sikh Marriages' , Journal of Sikh and Punjab Studies, Vol.23, No. 1/2, Spring/Fall.

 (2016) ‘Unpacking the Diaspora-Development Mantra: Does Punjabi Diaspora have the Potential to Contribute to the Rejuvenation of Punjab’s Economy?’ In Singh, Lakhwinder and Singh, Nirvikar (eds.) Economic Transformation of a Developping Economy: The Experince of Punjab, India, (Springer), pp. 339-366.

 (2015) ‘Punjabi Migration, Settlement and Experience in the UK’ In (eds. S Irudaya Rajan, V J Varghese and Aswini Kumar Nanda) Migrations, Mobility and Multiple Affiliations: Punjabis in a Transnational World, (Cambridge University Press), pp. 105-129.

(2015) ‘Punjabi Diasporas: Conceptualizing and Evaluating Impacts of Diaspora-Homeland Linkages’ in (eds. S Irudaya Rajan, V J Varghese and Aswini Kumar Nanda) Migrations, Mobility and Multiple Affiliations: Punjabis in a Transnational World, (Cambridge University Press), pp. 234-259.

(2014) ‘Sikh Migration, Diasporas and Transnational Practices’ in The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies by Pashaura Singh and Lou E. Fenech (ed), (Oxford Handbooks on Religion and Theology Series), (Oxford University Press).

(2014) ‘The Punjab Paradox: understanding the failures of Diaspora engagement’ Diaspora Studies, (Taylor Francis) Vol. 7, Number 1, January-June, pp. 42-55.

(2013) ‘Shady Character, Hidden Designs and Masked Faces: Reflections on Vilyati Sikh Marriages and Discourses of Abuse’ in Hawley, M (ed) Sikh Diaspora: Theory, Agency and Experience, (Leiden, Brill).

(2012) ‘Migration and Comparative Experiences of Sikhs in Europe: Reflections on issues of Cultural Transmission and Identity 30 Years on’ Chapter 1 in Knut A. Jacobsen and Kristina Myrvold (ed), Sikhs Across Borders,   (London: Bloomsbury).

(2012) ‘Post-Colonial Migrants in Britain: From Unwelcome Guests to Partial and Segmented Assimilation’, Chapter 2 in Ulbe Bosma,Jan Lucassen and Gert Oostindie, Gert (ed) Postcolonial Migrants and Identity Politics: Europe, Russia, Japan and United States in Comparison (Amsterdam: Berghahn).

(2011) ‘Discourses on Cultural Adaptation, Transmission and Identities within the Sikh Diasporas: Some Comparative Perspectives’ in Shamsul AB & Arunajeet Kaur (ed) Sikhs in Southeast Asia: Negotiating an Identity, (Singapore: ISEAS).

(2011, with Marie Carine Lall) ‘Diaspora and Homeland Politics: Comparative Experiences of Mobilisation for Hindutva and Khalistan’, in International and Transnational Political Actors: Case Studies from the Indian Diaspora, Edited by Eric Leclerc), Manohar, in association with Centre de Sciences Humaines, (Delhi, 2011), pp. 203-231.

(2008) ‘Evaluating the Potential Contribution of the Punjabi Diaspora to Rural Development’, In Dhesi, Autar and Singh, Gurmail (ed.) Rural Development in Punjab: A Success Story Going Astray, (New Delhi: Routledge): pp. 446-459.



Fall and Spring 2019  - G130 Global Economy and Development

Winter 2018 - Global 2 Introduction to Socioeconomic and Political Processes

Fall 2015 and Winter 2017, Winter 2018- Global 197: Global Sikhism

Winter 2016 and Fall 2016, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 - Global 104: Global Diasporas

Spring 2016 and Spring 2017 - Global 197:  Global Development