Staff Members - Sikh Research Institute

Staff Members

Our core, foundation and support. Without them, none of this would be possible. Our team is comprised of kind, loving and empathetic people whose professionalism makes our common vision a reality.

Harjinder Singh Gharsana

Harjinder Singh ‘Gharsana’ is SikhRI’s Research Associate, Gurbani Linguistics. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit, a Doctor of Letters in Persian and Urdu, and a Master’s degree in Punjabi. Mr. Singh has worked as a Language Researcher at SGN Khalsa PG College, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India. He also has published several articles in Punjabi and Sanskrit. He lives in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, with his family.

Asha Marie Kaur

Asha Marie Kaur is a Research Assistant with SikhRI. She has a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she was born and raised. Her work at SikhRI is tied to her love of the Persian language and the ways it connects Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. She is working on writing sabad in Perso-Arabic script to reassert gurbani's place in the Persian literary world. A self-identifying mixed-up Sikh, she is also working on creating resources for Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike that offer ways to connect the word of the Guru to concepts of justice in today's world. One day she hopes to get a PhD in Iranian politics, and for now can be found between Newark, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois with her travelling cat Mac.

Harliv Kaur

Harliv Kaur is a Sojhi curriculum developer and teacher trainer with SikhRI. She has BA in Elementary Education from Upper Iowa University and specialized credentials in English as a Second Language from Kansas State University. At SikhRI, she has been an active courseware developer for the Sojhi Elementary School curriculum and creates programming for families and resource materials for educators. Besides her work with SikhRI, she founded Kikli, a company committed to developing fun and innovative tools for learning Panjabi including “Ik Chota Bacha & Other Sikh Nursery Rhymes,” a collaborative project involving the Ujjaldidar Singh Memorial Foundation. Harliv lives in San Antonio with her husband and 3 kids.

Inni Kaur

Inni Kaur is Creative Director at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI). She has served SikhRI in several capacities since 2010, including Chair of the Board, and most recently as CEO. She is an active member on the Board of the Interfaith Council of Southern Connecticut and is on the editorial board of Nishaan, a magazine celebrating Sikh heritage. She is a frequent speaker at community and interfaith events, the U.S. Office of the Pentagon Chaplin, as well as at Yale, Fairfield, and Columbia universities. She is a passionate author, poet, and artist. Her published works include Journey with the Gurus, a children’s book series that is inspired by the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Sahib, Sakhi-Time with Nani ji, Thank-You Vahiguru, and Daddy’s Turban.

Jasleen Kaur

Jasleen is a double UVA grad in Religious Studies, focusing on South Asian Religions through the lens of literature and poetry. She is currently working as a Researcher with SikhRI. She is passionate about projects that create comfortable spaces for community members of all ages and backgrounds to engage in dialogue and learn from one another. She also loves singing in her free time, whether on stage with her friends or alone in her kitchen. She hopes to eventually go back to school in pursuit of a PhD in either religious ethnography or history, and fulfill her dream of teaching and learning from others.

Jasmine Kaur

Jasmine Kaur has worked in the education field for over 20 years and holds degrees in elementary education, sociology, human development and family studies. Jasmine served as the Director of Education with SikhRI for over 8 years. She was the coordinator and chief developer of the Sojhi - Gurmat and Panjabi Education Resource. She has developed training using the curriculum to increase classroom confidence and maximize the resources in content areas of Boli and Virsa, as well as classroom management and teaching techniques. To date, Jasmine has personally trained over 750 educators and administrators. Her passion is developing creative and interactive activities for all ages, especially young children. She currently continues to work with SikhRI developing and conducting Children’s workshops, webinars, and online courses as well as creating materials for Gurmat and Khalsa schools and Individual learning. Jasmine has published articles on the future of Sikh education and her own experiences growing up as a Sikh in Japan, India, Canada, and the US. She lives in Washington, DC area with her husband and twins who keep her very busy and remind her every day how blessed she is.

Albel Singh

Albel Singh works as a research scientist as a profession and as a nature photographer as a hobbyist. He studied Agriculture Science from Punjab Agricultural University. Currently Albel resides in Birmingham with wife and three kids. He keeps Bhai Gurdaas ji as inspiration, strives to develop as gurbani scribe, and spends time with Guru.

Harinder Singh

Harinder Singh is a widely respected educator and thinker who is deeply in love with 1Force, the Oneness that radiates in all. Love and Justice symbiotic paradigm propels him to leverage public awareness for social change. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow, Research & Policy, at the Sikh Research Institute. Mr. Singh co-founded the Sikh Research Institute and the Panjab Digital Library, organized the Free Akal Takht movement, and envisioned Kaur and Singh Academy. He served on the boards of the National Conference on Community and Justice, The Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity, The Nanakshahi Trust, among others. He is an author and sought after public speaker, raising consciousness of audience around the world. He regularly appears on radio and television programs globally. He also consults on curriculums, exhibitions, and films. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, and MPhil in Guru Granth Sahib. He is Guru’s Sikh, Panjab’s lover, and Begampura’s Jedi.

Jaswant Singh

Jaswant Singh is a scholar of Sikh Studies. His immense love for Gurbani propels him to read, reflect, research, and share Gurbani’s wisdom and understanding with the wider community. He currently serves as the Director, Gurbani Research at the Sikh Research Institute. He worked at the Sikh Centre (Singapore) conducting various courses on Guru Granth Sahib, Sikh religion and history. To-date, he has delivered discourses on Gurbani and Sikhi and facilitated seminars and camps in the Eastern Hemisphere. He has over 20 years of experience teaching Sikhi. Dr Singh is a passionate speaker and published author. He co-founded AWAT (A Word A Thought) served as its Director and Editor. He holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies and a Doctorate in the linguistics of Guru Nanak Bani. He currently lives in Faridabad (Haryana, India) with his family.

Manjit Singh

Dr. Manjit Singh is a researcher, educator, practitioner and lover of Gurbani Kirtan. As an independent researcher, he supervises Sikh Musicology work at the Sikh Research Institute. Passionate about the fine musical details contained in the Guru Granth Sahib, he is keen to bring forth their original flavor through research and collaboration with experts in the field. He holds a PhD in Acoustics and Masters degree in Gurmat Sangit.

Surender Pal Singh

Surender Pal holds Master’s degrees in English and Religious Studies. He also is the India Coordinator for SikhRI and lead facilitator for Gurmukhi 101 at Sidak. He provides input for Sojhi, Liv, Saneha and Mahima program presentations and feels this work helps him explore his roots and identity deeper, giveing him a stronger sense of purpose. He is particularly fascinated by Sikh theology, which daily provides new perspectives and experiences to observe the world through. He is heavily involved with various religious, educational and human development organizations and currently volunteers for Panjab Digital Library. He lives in the outskirts of Chandigarh, Panjab, with his mother, wife and two sons.

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