Prof. Jaspal K. Singh
Specialization: Postcolonial World Literature, South Asian and African and the Diasporas
Home institution in US: Northern Michigan University, Marquette
Host Institution in India: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi       
Start date/Month in India: July 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Jaspal Singh earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Oregon; a M.A. in independent studies from Oregon State University; and a B.A. from University of Delhi and M.A. from Agra University, Uttar Pradesh. She is a full professor and teaches world literature courses at Northern Michigan University. In addition to courses on postcolonial South Asian and particularly Indian and African literature and theory, she also teaches African American and Asian American literature courses. At present, Dr. Singh is teaching Turkish literature. She is the author of a monograph, Representation and Resistance: Indian and African Women’s Texts at Home and in the Diaspora (University of Calgary Press 2008); co-editor of an anthology, Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas (Peter Lang Publishers 2010); co-editor of an anthology, Trauma, Resistance, Reconciliation in Post-1994 South African Writing (Peter Lang Publishers 2010); and assistant editor of an anthology, Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now (Northern Michigan University Press 2011). Professor Singh’s current projects include a monograph tentatively entitled, Gendering Nations: The Construction of Sikh Homelands in Indian and Diasporic Imaginations and an anthology tentatively entitled, Comparative Feminism, Postmodernism, Postcolonialism: Gender and Sexual Identity in Contemporary Turkish Literature and Culture.

Dr. Singh’s Fulbright research project, “Postcolonial Indian Literature and Culture: Gender in Sikh Literature,” examines Indian literature and focuses on the representation of Sikhs, who as a religious minority struggle for national identity in the face of state-sponsored and communal violence. This project will also fill a gap in Indian literature by examining the erasure of Sikh womanhood within dominant nationalist Indian and Sikh narratives. She will use a postcolonial critical approach to examine the literature and culture of the Sikhs. The analysis will attempt to show the complex and often violent political and social forces at work in the constructions of Sikh religious, gendered, radicalized and secular identities.