Simranjit Khalsa, an RPLP graduate student fellow, has won multiple awards for her master's thesis research on U.S. Sikhs. Using participant observations and interviews, she compared how Indian Sikhs in Houston and members of Sikh Dharma, a predominantly white Sikh community, construct their religious and ethnic identities.
Simranjit Khalsa Receives the Seth Balkishan Das Singhal Award
— CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY, RICE UNIVERSITY
For her master’s thesis, Di Di, an RPLP graduate student fellow, conducted an interview-based study of Indian and Chinese immigrants, in which she examined their conversion narratives and mapped these narratives onto larger secularization and immigration theories. An article based on her findings has now been published.
Boundary Formation and Cultural Construction
— JOURNAL OF RELIGION & SOCIETY
This research, conducted with sociologist Michael Emerson, examined how various forms of religion and spirituality influence immigrant civic participation, such as voluntary association membership, community service, political participation, and various forms of collective action, as well as how religion and spirituality help shape civic identities.
RICE received funding from the Russell Sage Foundation.
Motivating Civic Engagement
— SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION