Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Oregon
M.A.I.S., Oregon State University
B.A.and M.A., University of Delhi and Agra University
Jaspal Kaur Singh, Professor of English Literature at Northern Michigan University, received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon (1998). She was a Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Gender in Africa, James S. Coleman African Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles (1998-1999). She is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at NMU (2009-2010). In 2012-2013, Jaspal was a Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar and spent a year in India. Her research project focused on the representation of Sikhs in Literature and Culture and her monograph is tentatively titled, Gendering Nations: The Construction of Sikh Homelands in Indian and Diasporic Imaginations.
Jaspal is the author of a monograph, Representation and Resistance: Indian and African Women’s Texts at Home and in the Diaspora (U of Calgary Press, 2008); co-edited two essay collections: 1). Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas; 2). Trauma, Resistance, Reconciliation in Post-1994 South African Writing; and assistant editor of an anthology, Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now. Her current project includes an anthology on contemporary Turkish Literature and Culture, tentatively titled, Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in Post-Kemalist Turkey.
Jaspal was born and raised in Burma, lived in India and Iraq, and now resides permanently in the US and calls Marquette home. She has a son, Gautam, who lives in Oregon, and a daughter, Gina, who lives in Los Angeles.
Representation and Resistance: Indian and African Women Writers at Home and in the Diaspora. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2008.
Anthology, assistant editor|
Voice On the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now. Marquette, NMU Press, 2011.
Anthology, co-editor: Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2010.
Anthology, co-editor: Trauma, Resistance, Reconciliation in Post-1994 South African Writing. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2010.
Peer-reviewed Chapters and Refereed Articles
“South African Indian Fiction: Transformations in Ahmed Essop’s Political Ethos,” Research in African Literature, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2011.
“The Construction of Sikh Identity and Ideas of Nations/Homelands in Indian and Diasporic Imaginations.” Journal of Contemporary Thought. Ed. Prafula Kar, et al. Delhi: Pencraft International, 2009. 250-261.
“Africa in India: The African Diaspora in India in Kamal Amrohi’s Film Razia Sultan.” India in Africa, Africa in India. Ed. John Hawley. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2008. 273-288.
“Memory of Trauma in Meena Alexander’s Texts.” Tracing an Indian Diaspora. Ed. Parvati Raghuram, et al. New Delhi: Sage Publication, 2007. 55-80.
“Contrary Narrative Spaces and the Sikh Woman: Imperial Aftermaths in Bhisham Sahni’s Tamas and Gulzar’s Maachis,” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory 2.2 (2006): 125-134.
“Transnational Multicultural Feminism and the Politics of Location: Queering Diaspora in Nisha Ganatra’s Chutney Popcorn, Deepa Mehta’s Fire, and Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night.” South Asian Review 26.2 (2005): 148-161.
“Homoeroticism and the Construction of Alterity: On Reading A Passage to India and The Home and the World.” Journal of Contemporary Thought 4 (2005): 23-44.
“Globalization, Transnationalism, and Identity Politics in South Asian Women’s Texts.” Michigan Academician 35.2 (2003): 171-188.
“Representing the Poetics of Resistance in Transnational South Asian Women’s Fiction and Film.” South Asian Review 24.1 (2003): 202-219.
“Studies of Bharati Mukherjee,” Asian American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Source Book. Ed. Emmanuel Nelson, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2000. 84-99.
“Madness and Resistance in Postcolonial African and Caribbean Texts.”
Association Of University English Teachers in Southern Africa, South Africa, 2008.
“Transnationalisms and Multiculturalisms: Intersecting Pedagogies in the American Classroom.”
Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006.
“Indo-Caribbean Literature and the Politics of Location: Transnational Feminism and Identity Politics in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night.”
National Association of Asian Studies, Houston, Texas, 2004.
“Homoeroticism and the Construction of Alterity: On Reading A Passage to India and The Home and the World.”
Rethinking Modernity Conference. Jaipur University, India, 2004.
"New and Old World Poetics: Representation and Construction of Gender Identity in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Bernal Diaz's The Conquest of New Spain, Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands, and Rigoberta Menchu's I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala." National Association for Latin American Studies, Houston, Texas, 2000.
Creative Work: Poetry
“Moonless Burmese Nights,” The Offbeat: With Abandon. 8 (2008): 67
“Carolina Farms,” The Offbeat: With Abandon. 8 (2008): 5
“Chicken Curry Nights.” The Offbeat: With Abandon. 8 (2008): 15
“Culver City Gas Station.” The Offbeat: Tell Me Everything 7 (2007): 71.
“Indian Woman: Reflected, Constructed, Real.” Dreadlocks Interrupted! 3 (2006): 34-36.
“Ode to Narinder Virk: Lighter of Spark.” Struggle: Full Rights for Immigrants. 22 (2006): 49-51.
“Indian Woman.” South Asian Review 24.3 (2005): 69-70.
“Two Raindrops.” South Asian Review 24.3 (2005): 70-71.
“Storytelling Woman.” The Offbeat 5 (2005): 32-33.
“Hybrid Kisses.” In Other Words: An American Poetry Anthology, ed. Leslie James. Denver, Colorado: Western Reading Services, 2003. 111.
"R-E-M-E-M-O-R-Y: Tales of a Goat-herder's Daughter, Champa, and the Magical Pot-maker." Emergences: Journal for the Study of Media and Composite Cultures. 10.1 (2000): 157-170.
Creative Work: Short Story
“June Winter Days: Durban Shores.” South Asian Review: Creative Writing Issue, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Literary Journal, 2009
“Shades of Love: English Toffee.” The Offbeat: With Abandon. 8 (2008): 35-49
“Pearl Necklace: Rani Haar.” The Offbeat: With Abandon. 8 (2008): 82-100
“Eternal Moments.” South Asian Review: Creative Writing Issue, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Literary Journal. 27.3 (2007): 41-53.