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Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Global Asian Studies

Sasha Sabherwal (she/her) is an interdisciplinary scholar of the South Asian diaspora with research interests in critical ethnic studies, the racialization of religion, transnational gender and sexuality studies, and the intersections of caste and race. She holds a PhD from Yale University in the Department of American Studies with a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research examines caste and gender hierarchies in the Sikh diaspora of the Pacific Northwest.

Her book manuscript, Circuits of Faith: Caste, Gender, and Racialized Religion in the Sikh Diaspora of the Transnational Pacific Northwest, is an ethnographic exploration of how caste is reproduced across the U.S. and Canada, and how it becomes a heterogeneous and flexible category. The project demonstrates that as caste travels, it is remade, oscillating between traditional caste hierarchies from the homeland and contemporary diaspora.

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