Simran Jeet Singh
Simran Jeet Singh is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He earned an M.A. from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University (2009), an M.T.S. in South Asian Religious Traditions from Harvard University (2008), and a B.A. in English and Religion from Trinity University (2006). He is currently a Truman National Security Fellow and the Scott and Rachel F. McDermott Fellow for the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Simran serves as Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition and Education Director for the Surat Initiative. Simran contributes regularly for a number of media outlets, such as The New York Times, Newsweek's The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. He has also appeared on various television and radio platforms, including BBC, CBS, NPR, and PBS.
Simran has a wide range of academic interests related to religion and culture. He has published on various topics, from the formations of religious communities in early modern South Asia to xenophobia and hate violence in modern America. His dissertation research focuses specifically on the founder of the Sikh tradition – Guru Nanak (d. 1539 CE) – and the earliest available manuscript accounts of his life. Simran's language and academic training have also prepared him to teach religion more broadly; he has served as a Teaching Assistant for courses on Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism, and in 2013 Simran received the prestigious Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Simran currently lives with his wife Gunisha Kaur in Manhattan, New York, where he enjoys reading, running marathons, and spending time with family and friends.