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Simranjit Khalsa

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Memphis

Simranjit Khalsa is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis. Prior to this, she earned her PhD from the Department of Sociology at Rice University in 2020. Her research examines minority identity at the intersection of religion and race.

Her current project examines how members of two Sikh communities, one of mainstream Indian Sikhs and one of primarily white converts, experience practicing Sikhism as a minority religious tradition in the US and in England. This study reveals how religion and race intersect and shape the experience of practicing a minority religious tradition and how such experiences are linked to national context.

She has also conducted research on religion and science, the environemnt, and work and occupations. She has published peer reviewed articles in Sociology of Religion, Social Problems, Socius, and Zygon, among others. She has presented her work widely as part of academic conferences and public lectures, and has received several grants and awards in support of her research.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Memphis


  • 2020 
    Rice University, Sociology