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Maina Chawla Singh

Scholar in Residence
School of International Service

  • Dr. Maina Singh has lectured widely at international institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Cornell, Michigan, Indiana, Brandeis, and at the Library of Congress. She was Scholar-in-Residence, Haddasah-Brandeis Institute(2008); Fellow at Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University (2009) and has been Scholar-in-Residence, American University, since 2009. Dr. Singh has lived in Russia, Ethiopia, Japan, and Israel, and her cross-cultural experiences inspire a strong interest in Identity and Diaspora communities. Current research projects include: the role of Indian Americans in US politics and the Migration Narratives of Indian-Jewish (born in India and now living in Israel). In Washington DC, Singh has engaged actively with Georgetown and American Universities lecturing and organizing campus events on Contemporary India, Indian Diaspora communities, Indian Jews and India-Israel Relations.

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Research Interests

Professor Singh’s research focuses on colonial and contemporary India. Indian Diaspora communities and cross-cultural identities are also area of special interest.

Selected Publications

  • Being Indian, Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland . New Delhi : Manohar Publishers, 2009.
  • Gender, Religion, and ‘Heathen Lands’: American Missionary Women in South Asia (1860s – 1940s). New York: Taylor and Francis, 2000.