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Associate professor of literature Guriqbal Singh Sahota has been appointed the new Sarbjit Singh Aurora Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies.

Established through the Sikh Foundation by Hardit and Harbhajan K. Singh in memory of their son, Sarbjit Singh Aurora, the chair supports research and teaching in Sikh and Punjabi studies at UCSC from a multicultural and global perspective.

He continued his studies at UC Berkeley, where he studied Sanskrit and Punjabi, and later entered the doctoral program in South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

“The Aurora chair provides a platform for advocating for a stronger Asian humanities infrastructure at UCSC, while prefiguring what is possible through various curricula and scholarly activities at UCSC,” he added.

Sahota will succeed UCSC professor Nirvikar Singh, who has served as the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies since 2010.

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