Maina Chawla Singh

Maina Chawla Singh

  •   American University

    Being Indian, Being Israeli: Aliya and Identity Among Indian Jews in Israel; We are Not Mizrahi, We are Indian Jews: Indian Jewish Women in Israel; Jewish Girlhood in India: Narratives of Indian-Israeli Women

    Maina Chawla Singh is an Associate Professor at the University of Delhi, a Senior Associate Fellow with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University and a Scholar-in-Residence at American University in Washington DC. Dr. Singh’s previous research has focused on gender and colonialism, especially the work of missionary women and the history of colonial medicine.

    In addition to numerous essays and articles, Singh is the author of Gender, Religion, and “Heathen Lands”: American Missionary Women in South Asia (1860s – 1940s), (New York: 2000). From 2005-2008, Singh researched and lectured in Israel at Bar-Ilan, Haifa and Tel Aviv universities. Her recent book, Being Indian, Being Israeli (2009) is based on field-work done among Indian Jews in Israel. It examines issues of ethnicity, migration, gender and identity. Singh is currently working on the Migration Narratives of first-generation Indian-Jewish women who came from Bombay, Calcutta and Cochin in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s and were settled in moshavs, “development towns‟ and elsewhere in Israel. In 2008 Singh was Scholar-in-Residence at Hadassah-Brandeis Institute In 2009 and Fellow at Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University. Since 2010 Singh has offered courses on “Migration, Ethnicity and Identity in Israeli Society” at Georgetown University and on Indian Diaspora at American University.

    To learn more about Dr. Singh's research and background, visit her website here​.