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Vikash Singh

Associate Professor, Sociology

BSc, CCS University
MA, Rutgers University
PhD, Rutgers University
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Vikash Singh's research interests include religion, embodiment, everyday violence, social theory and phenomenology, caste/race, ethics, popular culture and aesthetics, and collective action. Prof. Singh has also worked on a number of projects on urban and rural poverty, homeless children, entitlements, and social movements in India. He has taught courses in Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, and Social Research Methods.

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Prof. Singh is the recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research in the Social Sciences, 2019.

Following are his recent research publications:

Singh, Vikash. 2017. Uprising of the Fools: Pilgrimage as Moral Protest in Contemporary India. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Reviewed at American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, and Asian Journal of Social Science. Featured in the Times of India, Hindustan Times,, and, among others.

Research Articles & Essays
Singh, Vikash & Sangeeta Parashar. 2019. “Hardwar: Spirit, Place, and Politics,” Religions 10(2).

Singh, Vikash & Sangeeta Parashar. 2018. “A review essay on Karl Polanyi: The Hungarian Writings.” Contradictions: A Journal for Critical Thought 2 (2), pp. 193-199.

Singh, Vikash. 2018. “Myths of Meritocracy: Caste, Karma, and the New Racism, a Comparative Study.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 41 (15), pp. 2693-2710.

Singh,Vikash. 2017. "Race, the Condition of Neo-Liberalism." Social Sciences, 6, 84.

Singh, Vikash. 2014. "Religious Practice and the Phenomenology of Everyday Violence in Contemporary India." Ethnography.Vol.15, No.4, 469-92.

Singh, Vikash. 2014. "Beyond religious fundamentalisms: An analysis of resistance in the Kanwar pilgrimage in India." Subjectivity, Vol. 7, No.3, pp.234-53.

Singh, Vikash. 2014. "Definitive Exclusions: The Social fact and the Subjects of Neo-Liberalism" in Chancer, Lynn, and John Andrews (eds), The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis: Diverse Perspectives on the Psychosocial. Palgrave Macmillan.

Singh, Vikash. 2013. “Work, Performance, and the Social Ethic of Global Capitalism: Understanding Religious Practice in Contemporary India.” Sociological Forum, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 283-307.

Singh, Vikash. 2012. “Religion and Neoliberalism: TV Serial Rāmāyaṇa and the Becoming of an Ideology, 1980-1990.” International Journal of Žižek Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2.

Singh, Vikash. 2011. “Precarious Life and the Ethics of Care: Subjectivity in an Indian Religious Phenomenon.” Culture and Religion, Vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 419-40.


Social Theory; Race/Caste Studies; Globalization; Psychoanalysis, and Existential Phenomenology; Religious Studies; Popular Culture; Embodiment; Qualitative Methods.


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