Balbinder S. Bhogal
Associate Professor of Religion
Heger Hall 104D
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Degrees: PHD, 2001, London Univ; BA, 1993, Lancaster Univ
Dr. Bhogal joined Hofstra University in the Fall of 2007, and currently holds the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies. Previously, he has been a professor at University of Derby, England (1997-2002), James Madison University, Virginia (2002-3) and York University, Toronto (2003-7). His PhD was titled: Nonduality and Skilful Means in the Hymns of Guru Nanak: Hermeneutics of the Word,2001 from London University, School of Oriental and African Studies. His primary research interests are South Asian Religions and Cultures specializing in the Sikh tradition, particularly the Guru Granth Sahib, its philosophy and exegesis. Secondary research interests include: hermeneutic theory and its radicalization through deconstruction; Indian Philosophy and its relation to Continental Philosophy, Mysticism, Diaspora, Translation and Postcolonial Studies, Modernity and Postmodernity, the construction of Religion, Orientalism, the Animal-Human divide and Theory and Method in the Study of Religions. He has taught courses on: Warrior Saints: An Introduction to the Sikh Religion, Sikh Mysticism, Religions of India, Thinking Mysticism in the Academy: Gender and Power, Yoga, Psychology and South Asian Religions, and Buddhist Thought.