Our Editorial Team

Diditi Mitra, Jugdep Chima, Shruti Devgan, and Elizabeth Weigler are highly accomplished academics, with published research on the Sikh community, as well as other topics. Sonia Dhami from the Sikh Foundation International serves as Managing Editor.

Diditi Mitra is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Brookdale Community College. Her research focuses on race and immigration. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed articles, she has authored “Punjabi Immigrant Mobility in the United States: Adaptation through Race and Class”, and co-edited “Race and the Lifecourse: Readings from the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Age”. Diditi is also a Kathak dancer and an aspiring poet.

Jugdep S. Chima is an Associate Professor of Political Science & International Studies at Hiram College (Ohio, USA).  His research focuses on issues of ethnic nationalism, particularly in South Asia and India.  He is the author of “The Sikh Separatist Insurgency in India: Political Leadership and Ethnonationalist Movements”, and editor of “Ethnic Subnationalist Insurgencies in South Asia: Identities, Interests, and Challenges to State Authority”. He has also served as an expert consultant for various government agencies specifically on refugee and humanitarian affairs.    

Shruti Devgan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bowdoin College. Her recent scholarship examines diasporic, intergenerational and digitally mediated memories of the anti-Sikh violence of 1984 in India. She is especially interested in bridging the gap between academia and wider audiences and has written for platforms such as Contexts, American Sociological Association’s journal for general readers and NYU’s web journal, The Revealer.

Elizabeth Weigler is an industry researcher and holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her scholarship and publications focus on the public historical projects of Sikhs living in the United Kingdom to understand identity formation and the role of the individual within processes of collective memory and civic engagement. She is dedicated to community-based knowledge and self-representation, working with grassroots outreach endeavors in Sikh and Punjabi heritage and broader crowd-sourced platforms.

Sonia Dhami is a Trustee of the Sikh Foundation International. She is the co-editor of “Sikh Art from the Kapany Collection” a definitive volume on Sikh Art co-published with the Smithsonian Institution. She has also edited a richly illustrated volume, “Games We Play”. Her work with Sikh institutions demonstrates the confluence of art, history, religion, and community. She graduated from St. Bede’s College Shimla and earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana.

Harleen Kaur is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her current research examines Sikh Punjabi identity-formation through entangled processes of racism, empire, and collective memory. She has a deep investment in cultivating critical liberation theory alongside Sikh youth, which manifests through frequent involvement in Sikh youth camps across the U.S. and Canada, community lectures and workshop series, and the creation of a Sikh youth-centered consciousness-raising program.

prabhdeep singh kehal is a doctoral candidate at Brown University. They research how people and communities make knowledge about race, racism, and colonialism and how they use this knowledge to counteract structural and historic inequalities in their lives and in cultural evaluation processes. In their public-oriented work, they focus on identifying and fighting how ideologies of white and caste supremacy, anti-queerness, and gender conformity emerge in our lives, both within and outside the Sikh and Sikh-American diaspora. 

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal is a Reader in Sikh Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, UK. Her research focuses on gender, Sikh identity in the diasporic community, representation within gurdwaras, racialization and mistaken identity and other contested issues that confront the Sikh community. She also works on public policy, social and political engagement issues as they affect and are affected by the British Sikh community. Recent co-authored publication with Hardeep Singh Racialisation, Islamophobia and Mistaken Identity: The Sikh Experience.  She is very involved in voluntary work within the community, especially around race hate crime, gender and children issues