Rajbir S. Judge

Rajbir S. Judge

Research Interest


PhD, History, University of California, Davis, 2018
MA, History, University of California, Davis, 2012
BA, History, Religious Studies & Philosophy, California State University, Chico, 2010


Rajbir Singh Judge is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life with affiliations in the Department of Religion and Institute of South Asia at Columbia University in the City of New York. His current project examines the ways in which Sikhism at the end of the 19th Century remained a generative site through which Sikhs and their diverse milieu in the Punjab contested not only British rule, but the very nature of sovereignty. More broadly, he specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of South Asia, with a particular emphasis on the Punjab. His most recent publications can be found in the Journal of the History of Sexuality and History & Theory.

Recent Publications

2018. “Knotting South Asia: A Review Essay of Stefania Pandolfo’s Knotting the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam,” in An und für sich, November 15, 2018. https://itself.blog/2018/11/15/knot-of-the-soul-book-event-knotting-south-asia.

2018. "There is No Colonial Relationship: Antagonism, Sikhism, and South Asian Studies” in History & Theory 57, no. 2: 193-215.

2018. “Dusky Countenances: Ambivalent Bodies and Desires in the Theosophical Society” in the Journal of the History of Sexuality 27, no. 2: 264-293.

2017. "Guru Nanak Is Not at The White House: An Essay on the Idea of Sikh-American Redemption," co-authored with Jasdeep Singh Brar in Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory 13, no. 3: 147-161.