Dr Harjant S Gill

Associate Professor


Contact Info

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, popular culture and transnational migration in India. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several ethnographic 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, toxic masculinity, son preference and homophobia, Roots of Love which looks at the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs in India, and Sent Away Boys which looks at how provincial communities in Punjab are transformed by the exodus of young men giving up farming to seek a better future abroad. Funded by American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) and Fulbright-Nehru Award, he is currently developing a six-part immersive virtual reality (VR) series set in Delhi titled Tales from Macholand. 

Dr. Gill is a fellow alumnus of Point Foundation. He 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). He is the co-editor of "Multimodal Anthropologies" section of American Anthropologist. He is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.  

Research & Publications


Articles & Book Chapters
Book Reviews & Essays
Fellowships & Grants

2021 Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship 
2019 - 2020 Fulbright Nehru Award Academic and Professional Award
2019 American Institute of Indian Studies Research Fellowship
2019 TU Faculty Development and Research Committe (FDRC) Fellowship
2017 MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute Fellowship, Skidmore College, Summer
2015 – 2016 Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty
2016 National Film Commission Grant, Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) 
2015 Fejos Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Wenner-Gren Foundation 
2013 National Film Commission Grant, Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) 
2010 National Film Commission Grant, Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) 
2006 – 2011 Point Foundation National LGBT Scholarship
2009 JB MRC Junior Research Fellowship, Jamia Millia Islamia University