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.
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
M.A. and Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., Religion, University of Rochester (Honors, Certificate in Politics)