Dr Harjant S Gill

Associate Professor


Contact Information

CLA, Room 3352


Ph.D, Anthropology,
American University, 2012
B.A., Anthropology,
San Francisco State University, 2005

Areas of Expertise

South Asia
Gender and Sexuality
Media Studies
Visual Anthropology
Ethnographic Film


Dr. Gill's research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and transnational migration in India. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals, academic conferences and on television networks worldwide including BBC, Doordarshan (Indian National TV) and PBS. His films include Mardistan (Macholand) which explores Indian manhood focusing on issues of sexual violence, son preference and homophobia, and Roots of Love which looks at the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs in India. His latest film Sent Away Boys looks at how provincial communities in India are transformed by the exodus of young men giving up farming to seek a better future abroad. Dr. Gill also serves on the board of directors of Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) and has co-directed the SVA Film and Media Festival (2012-14). Currently, he is co-editing the "Multi-Modal Anthropologies" section of American Anthropologist. He is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi. 


Articles & CHAPTERS
Book Reviews & Essays

Fellowships & Grants

  • MDOCS Storytellers Institute Fellowship and Summer Residency, Skidmore College, 2017
  • Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, 2015 – 2016
  • Fejos Post Doctoral Fellowship in Ethnographic Film, The Wenner-Gren Foundation, 2015
  • National Film Commission Grant, Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), 2010, 2013 & 2016