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Maina Chawla Singh. Ph.D.
- Scholar-in-Residence,School of International Service, American University
Associate Fellow, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University
- Affiliate,Georgetown University,Washington DC.
- Haddasah-Brandeis Scholar (2008).
Maina Singh’s doctoral research focusing on
gender, colonialism and the cross-cultural work of American women missionaries was published as Gender, Religion, and “Heathen Lands":
American Missionary Women in South Asia (1860s – 1940s), (2000).
Her recent book Being
Indian, Being Israeli : Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland (New Delhi: 2009; 2010), based on extensive fieldwork conducted among Indian Jewish communities in Israel,
examines issues of ethnicity, migration and Indian diasporic identities.
Singh's research interests are wide-ranging. Having lived in Russia, Ethiopia, Japan and Israel, her cross-cultural
experiences inspire a strong interest in Identity and Diaspora communities, with a special focus on gender.
Her ongoing research
projects include a study of Indian Americans in politics --mostly US-born,
second-generation Indians who are increasingly engaging in US government/ policy and
politics. Such career choices, raise interesting questions about second-generation assimilation, identity and
Singh has lectured at Cambridge, Oxford,
Yale, Cornell and the Library of Congress, Washington DC.Since
2000, she has published several scholarly articles including on gender
and missionary work, the history and politics of colonial medicine
and more recently on Indian-Israeli connections.
Since 2009, Dr. Singh
has spoken widely at American campuses and to Jewish community groups about
Indian Jewish identities. Currently, Singh lectures on topics related to 'Contemporary India', 'The
Indian Diaspora' and 'Contemporary Israeli Society'.
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