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Rajbir Singh Judge


  • BA, History, Religious Studies & Philosophy, California State University, Chico (2010)
  • MA, History, University of California, Davis (2012)


Research Focus

History of South Asia, History of the Modern Middle East, Modern European Intellectual History, History of Colonialism and Empire, History of Religions, and Postcolonial Theory.

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles:

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

Accepted. “Dusky Countenances: Ambivalent Bodies and Desires in the Theosophical Society” in the Journal of the History of Sexuality 27, no. 2. Forthcoming in May 2018.

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.

Book Chapters:

Forthcoming. "The Islamic World Is Flat(tened): Contesting Tradition in the New York Times, 1980-2010" in The Veil in the New York Times: Muslims in the New York Times 1980-2010, edited by Suad Joseph.

Review Essays:

2016. “The Multiple Horizons of Sikh Orthodoxy: Tradition, Fantasy, and Modern Temporality” in Journal of Sikh and Punjab Studies, 23, nos. 1-2: 181-192.

2015. “A Sublime Inheritance?: A Review Essay of Anshu Malhotra and Farina Mir’s Punjab Reconsidered” in Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World Review, November 5, 2015. https://sctiw.org/sctiw-review/anshu-malhotra-and-farina-mir-punjab-reconsidered-history-culture-and-practice-reviewed-by-rajbir-singh-judge.


Course Instructor:

Introduction to Asian Religions (Spring 2016)

The World Since 1850 (Summer 2014)

Teaching Assistant:

HIST 8: History of Indian Civilization (Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013)

HIST 4C: History of Western Civilization (Fall 2011, Winter 2014)

RELS 1C: Sacrifice (Fall 2013)

HIST 10C:  The World Since 1850 (Spring 2013)


Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Educational Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2017-2018

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Research Grant, American Historical Association, 2016-2017     

American Institute of Pakistan Studies Junior Fellowship, 2016-2017      

Ajeet Singh Matharu Memorial Sikholars Conference Paper Prize, 2016

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, 2015-2016

American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Fellowship, 2014-2015

Roland Marchand Graduate Research Award, 2013-2014

Emile G. Scholz Prize for the Best Second Year Research Paper, 2012

Paul Goodman Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2011