Curriculum Vitae

Academic Appointments

2018 – Present Education Program Manager - Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley
  • Manage student research and outreach programs, including the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program and the Dissertation Fellowship Program
2017 – 2018 Program Coordinator - Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (Limited Appointment), University of California, Berkeley
  • Simultaneously manage multiple research projects of 6 centers from start to finish; analyze data to creation actionable conclusions and recommendations.
  • Using a mix of quantitative/qualitative techniques to optimize the user experience for website, online announcements, and events feedback.
  • Manage undergraduate student assistants.
  • Responsible for all internal and external communications of ISSI and its centers..
2015 – 2016 Visiting Researcher - Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, University of California, Berkeley
  • Served as lead researcher and wrote papers on diverse themes including environment, health, technology, and gender.
  • Directed the activities of a cross-functional research team in India studying diasporic communities.
  • Created budget, designed questionnaire and sampling approach, and interpreted survey results.
  • Attended workshops and networked with experts from diverse fields.
  • Taking complex information and making it relevant by identifying themes and patterns and providing actionable recommendations.
  • Advising PhD candidates, students, and non-profit & public policy professionals.
2012 – 2015 Assistant Professor - Department of Political Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University
  • Courses taught: Interdisciplinary course on Migration Research, Research Methods in Social Sciences, Formulation of Problems for Social Sciences Research, Report Writing, Comprehending Contemporary Political Issues, Techniques of Data Collection, Political Economy: Major Perspectives and Structures, Recent Political Theory and Government and Politics of South Asian Countries.
  • First female tenured Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Guru Nanak Dev University (
  • Designed curriculum, pedagogy, and training evaluations in support of educational excellence.
  • Co-editor of the department’s journal.
  • Organized, coordinated, and facilitated interdisciplinary meetings and workshops to stimulate discussion and integration of ideas from diverse disciplines across campus and with non-profits.
  • Wrote, designed, and edited online and print communication including website content, pamphlets, and course materials.
  • Customized instructional methodology by writing, editing, and proofreading new chapters and materials.
  • Served on several faculty and university committees in support of institutional initiatives.
  • In charge of the department’s committee to prevent women sexual harassment.
  • Research focus: Migration and Diaspora Studies, Exclusion Studies, Border Studies, and Gender Politics.
2011 – 2012 Fulbright Post Doctoral Fellow - Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, University of California Berkeley
  • Fellowship topic: ‘The Long Distance Nationalism of Diasporas: A Case Study of the Sikhs in the USA’.
  • Completed an interdisciplinary study on migration with emphasis on long distance nationalism of diasporic communities.
  • Conducted interviews, focus groups, and secondary data analysis for the research and presented it to diverse audiences in North America and India.
  • Collaborated with non-profits working on similar issues.
  • Networked extensively in the community to get focus groups and one on one interviews.
  • Analyzed a wide variety of primary migration data and policies and made it the base of an interdisciplinary course curriculum at Guru Nanak Dev University.
  • Taught online classes on South Asia to graduate students.
2008 – 2011 Assistant Director and Assistant Professor - Center for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Guru Nanak Dev University
  • Designed survey project for research on migration and the international border of India and Pakistan.
  • Wrote, edited, and published two reports and papers.
  • Collaborated with the World Bank to educate people on the need for and the appropriate procurement of clean water.
  • Conducted sampling of more than 500 subjects across the international border of India and Pakistan.
  • Collaborated with non-profit, public policy and government professionals.
June - Nov 2007 Visiting Scholar - University of Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC and University of Toronto (CERIS), Ontario Canada
  • 'Canadian Studies Doctoral Fellow’ by SICI (Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute).
  • Conducted research on migration and its impact on host and homeland in situations where the diasporic communities contest the latter.
  • Conducted 100 interviews and networked with activists, academics, researchers, law makers, and non-profits working with similar communities.
2005 – 2007 Assistant Professor - School of Social Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University
  • Courses taught: Political Science and General Studies
  • Work focus: Frame all the syllabi and course protocols from scratch for this newly inaugurated School.

Research Skills


2002 – 2008 PhD, Political Science, Immigration and Ethnic Studies , Guru Nanak Dev University, India
Thesis: 'The Sikh Diaspora in North America and the Punjab Crisis'
1999 – 2001 Master in Arts, Punjab University, India
Focus: India’s foreign policy with the West and South Asian countries, International relations, United Nations, International politics, Western political thought, Indian political thought, Indian polity and constitution and Political theory
1996 – 1999 Bachelor in Arts, Punjab University, India
Majors: Political Science, History and Economics

Honors, Awards, Grants

Students Supervised

Languages and additional skills

Professional Committees