Simran Jeet Singh

Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Religion & Society Program at the Aspen Institute and the author of the national bestseller The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life (Riverhead, Penguin Random House).

Simran’s thought leadership on bias, empathy, and justice extends across corporate, university, and government settings. He is an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity with Columbia University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations, a Visiting Lecturer at Union Seminary, and a Senior Advisor on Equity and Inclusion for YSC Consulting, part of Accenture.

Simran is the author of an award-winning children’s book titled¬†Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon (Kokila, Penguin Random House). He earned graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. Simran is a recipient of the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Award from Harvard University and, in 2020, TIME Magazine recognized him as one of sixteen people fighting for a more equal America. He writes regularly for major outlets, including The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, CNN and TIME Magazine, and he writes a monthly column for Religion News Service.¬†

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.

Select Opinions & Articles:

How to Talk About Religion at Work, Harvard Business Review

The Sikh Idea of Seva Is an Antidote to Our Current Malaise, TIME Magazine

‘This is an issue of equality’: Maryland Law to Allow Religious Garments in College Sports, CNN

Boards Need Real Diversity, Not Tokenism, Harvard Business Review

The Farmer’s Protests Are a Turning Point for India’s Democracy and the World Can No Longer Ignore That, TIME Magazine

Why Sikh Americans Again Feel Targeted After the Indianapolis Shooting, CNN

It’s Beyond Time to Remove Bans on Religious Attire from Sports Uniforms, Religion News Service


Authored by Simran Jeet Singh