Maina Chawla Singh Ph.D.

Scholar in Residence, 

School of International Service, 

American University, Washington DC

  •  Associate Professor, University of Delhi (formerly)
  • Senior Associate Fellow, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University
  •  Affiliate,Georgetown University,  Washington DC.(2010-12)
  •  Haddasah-Brandeis Scholar (2008). 

Maina Singh’s research focus on issues of Migration, Diaspora and Identity, with a special focus on Indian Diaspora communities. Her book Being Indian, Being Israeli : Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland (New Delhi: 2009; Reprint :2014), draws upon extensive fieldwork conducted in Israel, among Indian Jewish communities. 

In 2013, Singh conducted fieldwork among  Indian-origin communities in Guadeloupe ( the French Caribbean), to explore issues of  Identity, Assimilation and current trends among Guadeloupe Indians to re-connect with their Indian heritage. 

Since 2010, Singh's has been closely researching  the emergence  of second-generation Indian Americans in US politics and social policy. Singh teaches about these issues and has written blogs and moderated several panels featuring young Indian Americans in Politics.  

Singh's earlier book Gender, Religion, and “Heathen Lands": American Missionary Women in South Asia (1860s – 1940s), (2000) draws from her doctoral research focusing on gender, colonialism and the cross-cultural work of American women missionaries.  Between 2002-2006 Singh published several scholarly articles on gender and missionary work, and the politics of colonial medicine in India. 

Singh has lived and researched in Russia, Ethiopia, Japan and France and has taught at universities in Israel and the United States.  Her cross-cultural experiences inspire a strong interest in Migration, Assimilation  and Diasporic identities with a special focus on gender. 

Prof Singh  has lectured widely including at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, Cornell and at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. 

Since 2009, she  has spoken widely at American campuses and to Jewish community groups about 'Being Indian, Being Israeli'. At the School of International Service, American University, Singh offers a range of courses on South Asia :  'The Indian Diaspora'. 'Contemporary India', Gender in South Asia: Colonialism and Beyond" and 'US-India Foreign Policy'. 

Pedagogies and Curriculum re-Design : Tech-based pedagogies in higher education are of special interest for Dr. Singh. She has been certified to offer online/ Hybrid courses. Since 2011 she has been working on Curriculum (re-)Design, enhancing the use of web-based teaching tools as well as, OER ( Open Educational Resources) in content delivery. 





  • ·    Speaker at Colloquium on ‘India-Israel Relations’ Embassy of India, Washington DC February 29, 2016. Talk: ‘Israelis in India; Indian Jews in Israel’.


  • ·      Invited Speaker/ Moderator at Jaipur Literature Festival, India (January 25, 2016) Panel on Diaspora and Migration


  • ·      Invited Speaker: OP Jindal Global University, India. February 8, 2016. Title:  “Ethnicity, Identity and Complexities of Homeland”


  • ·      Speaker at Jaipur Literary Festival (Sept 19-20, 2015 Boulder, Colorado).


  • "Indians and Jews : Diaspora Stories" Cleveland State University April 30, 2012 (Annual Presidential lecture)

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American University 
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