Rajbir Singh Judge


Ph.D., University of California, Davis

M.A., University of California, Davis

B.A., California State University, Chico

Contact Information


Office: FO2-113

Fields of Interest

Rajbir Singh Judge is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach. He specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of South Asia with a particular emphasis on Punjab and the Sikh tradition.

Learn more at https://www.rajbirjudge.com/

Selected Publications

Journal Special Issues

“Other than Human: Rethinking Colonial and Postcolonial South Asia,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Co-Editor with Parama Roy, [Contributors: Naisargi Dave, Mayanthi Fernando, Megnaa Mehtta, Parama Roy, Sandya Shetty.]

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Birha: Approaching a Poetics Beyond the Human,” in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (Forthcoming).

“Reform in Fragments: Sovereignty, Colonialism, and the Sikh Tradition,” in Modern Asian Studies 56, no. 4 (2022): 1125-1152. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X21000342

“Formations of the Corridor: A Border Christology,” in Theory & Event 25, no. 1 (2022): 69-97. https://doi.org/10.1353/tae.2022.0004

“Critique of Archived Life: Toward a Hesitation of Sikh Immigrant Accumulation,” co-authored with Jasdeep Singh Brar, positions: asia critique 29, no. 2 (2021): 319-346. https://doi.org/10.1215/10679847-8852098

“The Invisible Hand of the Indic,” Cultural Critique 110 (2021): 75-109. https://doi.org/10.1353/cul.2021.0003

“There is No Colonial Relationship: Antagonism, Sikhism, and South Asian Studies,” in History & Theory 57, no. 2 (2018): 193-215. https://doi.org/10.1111/hith.12057

“Dusky Countenances: Ambivalent Bodies and Desires in the Theosophical Society,” in the Journal of the History of Sexuality 27, no. 2 (2018): 264-293. https://doi.org/10.7560/JHS27203

Book Reviews & Review Articles

“Review of Junaid Quadri, Transformations of Tradition: Islamic Law in Colonial Modernity and SherAli Tareen, Defending Muhammad in Modernity,” in Journal of the American Academy of Religion (2022). https://doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfac042

“Led Around by the Nose: Tracking and Trailing Psychoanalysis,” Introduction to Kitabkhana (Book Symposium) on Omnia El Shakry’s The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt and Sarah Pinto’s The Doctor and Mrs. A: Ethics and Counter-Ethics in an Indian Dream Analysis, in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 41, no. 1 (2022): 255-262. https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201X-9698281

[Guest Editor of the Review Symposium, Contributors: Tarek El-Ariss, Katherine P. Ewing, William Mazzarella, Ankhi Mukherjee, Milad Odabaei].

“On the Prejudices of Historians,” Review Essay of Charles Hirschkind’s The Feeling of History: Islam, Romanticism, and Andalusia in History and Anthropology 32, no. 5 (2022): 639-646. https://doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2021.1987235

“Review of Caleb Simmons, Devotional Sovereignty: Kinship and Religion in India,” in Religion 51, no. 2 (2021): 310-314. https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2020.1858654

“What is Called Ghostly?: A Mother’s Story.” Review Essay of Alan Klima, Ethnography #9, in Milestones: Commentary on the Islamic World. January 21, 2021. https://www.milestonesjournal.net/ethnography-9-1/2020/8/29/review-singh.

“Mind the Gap: Islam, Secularism, and the Law.” Review Essay of Julia Stephens, Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in Modern South Asia, Brinkley Messick, Shari’a Scripts: A Historical Anthropology, and Talal Asad, Secular Translations: Nation-State, Modern Self, and Calculative Reason, in qui parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences 29, no. 1 (2020): 179-202. https://doi.org/10.1215/10418385-8241949


Theory and History (HIST 302)

Histories of South Asia (HIST 385)

Contemporary World History (HIST 396)

History of Marxist Thought (HIST 438)

Foucault and His Critics (HIST 450/550)

Senior Seminar (HIST 499)