Global Studies Program

Faculty

Michael Brint, D.Phil.
Uyeno-Tseng Professor of International Studies, Professor of Political Science, Faculty Director CLU-Oxford Study Abroad

Rahuldeep Gill, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religion

Grady Hanrahan, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Provost of Experiential Learning, Research, and Faculty Development

Haco Hoang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science

Akiko Yasuike, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology

Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religion

Email: rgill@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 493-3786
Office: Humanities 238
Curriculum Vitae: Download
Website: rahuldeepgill.com

Profile

Rahuldeep Singh Gill is interested in the relationship between texts, subtexts, and contexts, as well as the nexus between the social and the religious. In particular, he examines the evolution of Sikh institutions over five hundred years of the tradition's history, as well as the interaction of Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus. His research explores the life and works of the Sikh tradition's most important interpretive writer, Bhai Gurdas Bhalla (d. 1636). 

Dr. Gill is an Interfaith activist and campus leader who launched CLU's Asian Studies Minor, served as Associate Director for CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice, and will serve as the Center's Director beginning in 2014. In addition to offerings in Christianity, global religions, and Indian thought, he teaches a yearly course on Sikh tradition and has twice won Diversity Professor of the Year since he joined the faculty in 2009.

He encourages discussions in his classes, broadens students’ perspectives, deepens their appreciation of diversity, and inspires them to be more understanding and compassionate. His translations of Bhai Gurdas's seminal vars will soon be published, along with an introduction to the Sikh savant's life and contribution.

Education

  • M.A. and Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • B.A., Religion, University of Rochester (Honors, Certificate in Politics)

Expertise

Dr. Gill's primary specialties are:

  • Sikh Tradition: A Case Study in Global Religions
  • Introduction to Indian Thought
  • Songs of Indian Saints
  • Introduction to the Study of Global Religions


Dr. Gill also teaches courses in the following areas:

  • South Asian Islam
  • Introduction to Christianity
  • Exploring Biblical Traditions
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