Simran Jeet Singh

Simran Jeet Singh

Executive Director, Inclusive America Project

Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute.

Simran is a well-known scholar and champion of religious pluralism who is committed to driving civic change through disrupting bias and building empathy. He is an Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations, Senior Adviser on Equity and Inclusion for YSC Consulting, and a Visiting Professor at Union Seminary. Simran is a regular contributor to major outlets, including The Washington Post, CNN, and TIME Magazine, and he writes a monthly column for Religion News Service. His latest book, The Light We Give: The Power of Sikh Wisdom to Transform Your Life, will be published by Riverhead (Penguin Random House) in 2022.

Dr. Singh first became involved in the Inclusive America Project’s programming as a panelist at its Conscience, Community, and Citizenship Symposium in 2018. He continued to share his expertise at IAP’s NYC Briefing on Religious Pluralism, Social Capital and Philanthropy event (2019), and as a member of two Powering Pluralism Network cohorts (Religious Literacy and the Racial Justice and Religion Task Force). At the Aspen Institute’s invitation, he also attended the 2019 Ideas Festival as an Aspen Ideas Scholar.

Prior to joining the Inclusive America Project in 2021, Simran published a children’s book with Penguin Random House about a personal hero, Fauja Singh, who is the oldest person to ever run a marathon. In 2016, he completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University and began teaching Islamic Studies at his alma mater, Trinity University. In 2018, he received the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Award from Harvard University for his work in religious pluralism. Simran’s thought leadership on bias, empathy, and justice extends across corporate, university, and government settings, and his work has been featured in various outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, BBC, and NPR.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Simran now lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters, where he enjoys running, writing, and chasing his kids.

Opinions & Articles by Simran Jeet Singh:

“New Poll Reveals How Much we Presume About Muslim Americans’ Politics,” Simran Jeet Singh, Religion News Service, October 15, 2021

“Boards Need Real Diversity, Not Tokenism,” Simran Jeet Singh, Harvard Business Review, August 31, 2021

“Why Sikh Americans Again Feel Targeted After the Indianapolis Shooting,” Simran Jeet Singh, CNN Opinion, April 17, 2021

“The Farmers’ Protests Are a Turning Point for India’s Democracy—and the World Can No Longer Ignore That,” Simran Jeet Singh, Time, February 11, 2021