Grad Students

Harleen Kaur

Contact Information

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Fields of Study

Race, Nationalism, Trauma, Collective Memory, Belonging, Identity Formation, Sikh Punjabis


Kaur, Harleen. (Forthcoming). Making Citizenship, Becoming Citizens: How Sikh Punjabis Shaped the Exclusionary Politics of Belonging. Amerasia Journal.

Kaur, Harleen. (Forthcoming). “Telling The(ir) Stories: Centering Narratives in Engaged Learning.” Nesha Z. Haniff (Ed.), Toward a Theory of Engaged Learning. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Kaur, Harleen and Simran Jeet Singh. (2016). “Guru Nanak and the Foundation of Sikhi.” Curta, Florin and Holt, Andrew (Eds.), Great Events in Religion: An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History, 3 Vols. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio. 

Kaur, Harleen. "Moving On Forward." (2014). Meeta Kaur and Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh (Eds.), Her Name Is Kaur: Sikh American Women Write about Love, Courage, and Faith. Tempe, AZ: She Writes Press.

Grants and Awards

2020                IAC Cultures Research Grant, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA ($6,250)

2019-2020        Graduate Research Mentorship Program, Graduate Division, UCLA ($25,000)

2019                Summer Funding, Sociology Department, UCLA ($2,000)

2019                Research Travel Grant, Canadian Studies, UCLA ($1,000)

2018                Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program, Graduate Division, UCLA ($6,000)

2017-2022        Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, Graduate Division, UCLA ($25,000)

Conference Presentations

“The Specter of Khalistan: Hauntings of Nation-State Belonging.” Mnemonics Summer School: Memory and Activism, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, September 2019.

“Erasures of Identity Formation: How US Sikhs Use Whiteness for Visibility.” Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights: Transnational Re-Imaginings, Junior Scholars Workshop, UCLA Law School, March 2019.

“‘Sikh Values are American Values’— How Identity-Based Violence Shapes the Sikh Diaspora.” Sikholars Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, February 2018.

“Stigma and Status: Challenging the Notion of Empowerment through POA.” Celebrating 15 Years of the Pedagogy of Action in South Africa, University of KwazZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, June 2015.


Karida Brown

Marcus Anthony Hunter

Cecilia Menjívar

Rupa Marya (UCSF Medicine)


M.A. in Sociology, UCLA, 2019

B.A. in English, University of Michigan, 2015