Sasha Sabherwal is the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Asian American Studies. She is a scholar of the South Asian diaspora with interests in religious studies and gender and sexuality studies. Her research examines caste and gender hierarchies in the Sikh diaspora of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Her book project, Circuits of Faith: Transnational Religion, Caste, and Gender in the Sikh Diaspora of the Pacific Northwest, explores the intertwining of race, gender, and caste, a complex form of social stratification based on purity and pollution, in the Sikh diaspora of the PNW. In this project, she builds on studies of borders to trace the ways that Sikhs in the PNW regularly travel between the U.S. and Canada to access religious community, family and friends, and consumer goods. She traces these circuits—of people, goods, and ideas—to understand how religion, and its attendant practices of caste and gender, become meaningful in the diaspora. Her scholarly work has been published in Sikh Formations, Anthropological Quarterly, Sikh Research Journal, and Social Text (forthcoming).
South Asian diaspora, transnational feminist studies, Sikh studies, religion and religious studies, gender and sexuality, borders and borderlands, critical race studies, ethnic studies, and postcolonial studies
- PhD, American Studies, Certificate in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
- B.A., Women's Studies, International Studies, Political Science, University of California, Irvine