Gurinder Singh Mann

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Gurinder Singh Mann is a Punjabi-American historian and professor of Sikh studies, and the author of multiple books on Sikh culture. From 1999, he was a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.[1] After coming under fire for alleged sexual harassment in 2013 and retiring from Santa Barbara in 2015,[2] he founded the Global Institute for Sikh Studies in New York City, which he directs.[3]


Mann studied for a master's degree in English from Baring Union Christian College in Batala, Punjab, from 1965 to 1971, and then completed a diploma in English Studies at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad, India, in 1975. He earned a second master's degree in English from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, in 1976. From 1984 to 1987 he studied for Master of Theological Studies at Harvard University. He joined the doctoral program in Religion at Columbia University in 1987, and completed his Ph.D. there in 1993.[4]


Mann taught religion at Columbia University from 1988 to 1999 and then held the Kundan Kaur Kapany Chair in Sikh Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1999[1] until retiring in 2015.[2]

In 2013, Mann came under investigation by the university for inappropriate "sexual conduct, both verbal and physical", with a female student, and for similar complaints from multiple other students. Mann denied the claims, but the university concluded that "more likely than not" inappropriate conduct did occur.[2][5]

Selected publications[edit]

Mann is the author or editor of:

  • Studying the Sikhs: Issues for North America (edited with John Stratton Hawley, State University of New York Press, 1993)[6]
  • The Goindval Pothis: The Earliest Extant Source of the Sikh Canon (Harvard University Press, 1996)[7]
  • The Making of Sikh Scripture (Oxford University Press, 2001)[8]
  • Sikhism (Prentice Hall, Religions of the World Series, 2004; Japanese & Spanish editions, 2007)[9]
  • Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in America (with Paul David Numrich and Raymond Williams, Oxford University Press, 2008)[10]
  • Introduction To Punjabi: Grammar, Conversation And Literature (Punjabi University, 2011)[11]

Additionally he has edited special issues of the Journal of Punjab Studies on 20th-Century Punjabi Literature, Guru Gobind Singh, and W. H. McLeod, as well as Brill’s Encyclopedia of Sikhism, Volume 1.


  1. ^ a b Conrad, Eileen (December 3, 1998). "Preserving the Past, Comprehending the Present: Eminent Sikh Studies Scholar appointed to Kapany Chair". UC Santa Barbara News. 
  2. ^ a b c Allison Garfield, Josh Ortiz and Stephany Rubio (March 2, 2017). "Documents Show 6 UCSB Employees Violated Title IX Policy". The Daily Nexus. Retrieved 2017-11-16. 
  3. ^ Sharma, Sarika (May 28, 2017). "A gift for generations to come: Historian Gurinder Singh Mann is building, in New York, a repository of texts and artefacts related to Sikhism". The Tribune. 
  4. ^ "Curriculum vitae" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-04-07. 
  5. ^ "At least 20 sexual misconduct cases against Univ. of Calif. faculty over a 3-year span". CBS News. March 9, 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-16. 
  6. ^ Reviews of Studying the Sikhs: Issues for North America:
  7. ^ Reviews of The Goindval Pothis:
  8. ^ Reviews of The Making of Sikh Scripture:
    • Friedlander, Peter G. (Spring 2003), The Sixteenth Century Journal, 34 (1): 245–246, doi:10.2307/20061371 
    • Singh, Pashaura (July–September 2003), Journal of the American Oriental Society, 123 (3): 699–701, doi:10.2307/3217783 
  9. ^ Review of Sikhism:
  10. ^ Reviews of Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in America:
    • Carroll, James T. (November 2002), The History Teacher, 36 (1): 137, doi:10.2307/1512506 
    • La Brack, Bruce (Winter 2003), Journal of American Ethnic History, 22 (2): 102–103, JSTOR 27501293 
  11. ^ Reviews of Introduction To Punjabi:

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