Rajbir Singh Judge


Assistant Professor


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 an Assistant Professor of History and Associate Member of Asian and Asian American Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He specializes in 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

“The Destruction of Loss,” Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory 6, no. 2, co-edited with Basit Iqbal,

[Contributors: Gil Anidjar, Amaryah Shaye Armstrong, Christopher Bracken, Sophie Chao, Ali Cherri, Anila Daulatzai and Sahar Ghumkhor, Deepti Misri, Emily Ng, Marc Nichanian, Milad Odabaei, Mary Louise Pratt, Kali Rubaii, Juan Carlos Toro, Abraham B. Weil, Marieke Winchell, Kee Howe Yong].

“Other than Human: Rethinking Colonial and Postcolonial South Asia,” co-edited with Parama Roy, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 42, no. 3: 561-667.

[Contributors: Naisargi Dave, Mayanthi Fernando, Megnaa Mehtta, Parama Roy, Sandya Shetty].

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“The Construction of Dangerous Boundaries,” in Sikh Research Journal 7, no. 2 (2022): 27-44. https://sikhresearchjournal.org/the-construction-of-dangerous-boundaries-rajbir-singh-judge/

Birha: Approaching a Poetics Beyond the Human,” in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 42, no. 3 (2022): 603-619. https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201X-10148260

“Other than Human: Rethinking Colonial and Postcolonial South Asia: An Introduction,” co-authored with Parama Roy in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 42, no. 3 (2022): 561-567. https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201X-10148220

“Reform in Fragments: Sovereignty and the Sikh Tradition in the Late 19th Century,” 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 42 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: Kingship 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)

Global Freud: Psychoanalysis and the Clinic in World History (HIST 439)

Foucault and His Critics (HIST 450/550)

Senior Seminar (HIST 499)

Literature of World History (HIST 510E)