prabhdeep is a writer, community scholar, and educator. As a sociologist and doctoral candidate at Brown University, prabhdeep researches how people and communities make knowledge about race and racism, and how they use this knowledge in their lives. They broadly question how colonialism persists within US higher education and, specifically, how these ideas about race are used in the processes of hiring, promotion, and defining merit (what counts as good) in education and academia. prabhdeep's community work focuses on identifying and fighting how ideologies of white supremacy, anti-queerness, and gender conformity emerge in our lives, both within and outside the Sikh and Sikh-American diaspora. They dream of abolitionist presents and futures filled with community libraries.
My projects consider how merit has been historically constructed within higher education by exploring the cultural and ideological relationship between slavery, colonialism, and higher education in the United States. With a specific focus on faculty and how knowledge is produced within elite, academic spaces, my dissertation asks how those who produce expert knowledge for society obtain their own knowledge and expertise on race. My work has been recognized by the Eastern Sociological Society's Charles V. Willie Minority Graduate Student Award, and supported by The Institute for Transformative Practice at Brown University, the Beatrice and Joseph Feinberg Memorial Fund, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at Brown University, and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. For 2017-2019 and 2020-2021, I am a Graduate Fellow in Community Engaged Scholarship at Brown University's Swearer Center.
In 2020, I will be presenting my work at
NB: I do not capitalize my name in print and my pronouns are they/them/theirs.
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