Jaideep Singh holds a B.A. in History, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. He has taught Ethnic Studies courses at several universities, including UCLA, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Oberlin College and CSU East Bay, where he held the Ranjit Singh Sabharwal Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies. In 1996, he co-founded the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) , the nation’s first Sikh American mediawatch and civil rights advocacy organization.
His first book manuscript focuses on analyzing the broader implications of three pre-9/11, grass roots, Sikh American political movements. Dr. Singh has also written extensively about the Sikh American community’s intense encounters with domestic terrorism in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and how religious identity has become racialized as a consequence. He is currently working on three book-length projects examining Sikh American history, and the community’s ongoing encounter with a national climate that reproduces hate violence.
The Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) focuses on a systematic and empirical approach to the study of Islamophobia and its impact on Muslim communities. Today, Muslims in the U.S., parts of Europe, and around the world have been transformed into a demonized and feared global “other,” subjected to legal, social, and political discrimination.