Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice



Harjant Gill

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Office:   Liberal Arts, Room 3352
Phone:   410-704-5166
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Harjant Gill

Harjant Gill received his Ph.D. in anthropology from American University. His research interests include gender, globalization, ethnographic film and popular culture in India and South Asian diaspora. His doctoral dissertation "Becoming a Man in a Modern City" examines the intersections of masculinity, migration and globalization in North India. Dr. Gill is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and has directed and produced several films that have screened at film festivals worldwide. His latest documentary, Roots of Love, explores the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs in India and is being screened on BBC World News, PBS and Doordarshan (Indian National TV). Dr. Gill is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, and enjoys running and cooking.


2012 “Masculinity, Mobility and Transformation in Punjabi Cinema: From Putt Jattan De (Sons of Jat Farmers) to Munde UK De (Boys of UK).” In South Asian Popular Culture, 10: 2

2012 “Home on the Other End of the World.” In forthcoming anthology Paint it Brown: Writing From the South Asian Diaspora, edited by Roksana Badruddoja.

2010 “How Milind Soman Made Me Gay: Exploring Issues of Belonging and Citizenship Among Gay South Asian Men in Diaspora.” In Anthropology Today, 87-96.


2012 "Unthreatening the Sikh Turban." In

2006 “Why Brokeback Mountain Didn't Win the Oscar.” In Trikone Magazine Vol. 21, No.2/3


Roots of Love (2011, 26 mins. Punjabi & English)
Lot's Wife (2008, 9 mins. Turkish)
Milind Soman Made Me Gay (2007, 26 mins. English)
Mission Movie/Una Pelicula de la Mision (2004, 92 mins. English & Spanish)
Some Reasons For Living (2003, 20 mins. English)]
EVERYTHING (2002, 8 mins. English)
As if it Matters… (2001, 25 mins. English)

Courses Taught:

Anthropology of Media

Visual Anthropology
South Asian Cinemas & Popular Culture

Anthropology of India

Sex, Gender & Culture
Cinema, Globalization & Culture
Movies, Magic & Masala
Namaste America





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