Jaideep Singh, the new endowed chair-holder of Sikh and Punjabi Studies at the California State University, East Bay, is the first to focus on community outreach.
An expert in comparative ethnic studies, Jaideep Singh was formally installed on Jan. 5 at the university's Department of Ethnic Studies.
He is the first American-educated endowed chair-holder in Sikh studies in the country. And he is the first to work on issues facing the Sikh American community with his research on the racial and religious bigotry that followed the 9/11 attacks, which he calls the "racialization of religious identity."
"It's an activist job," he said. "My work is to develop a field of Sikh American studies."