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SOAS South Asia Institute

Dr Navtej K Purewal

BA (Vassar College), MA (SOAS, London), PhD (Lancaster)


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SOAS South Asia Institute

Deputy Director, SOAS South Asia Institute

Dr Navtej K Purewal
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SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Navtej Purewal completed a BA in Political Science in 1991 from Vassar College and then came to SOAS where she did the MA South Asian Area Studies in 1992. She went on to do her doctoral studies in Development Studies from Lancaster University from where she received her PhD in 1998.

Purewal is a social scientist who refers to issues, debates and literature which cross both spatial and disciplinary boundaries. Her most recent areas of focus are in the sociology of religion and gender and culture in South Asia. However, she also has a regional interest in Punjab and will continue to develop this specialism at SOAS through her teaching and research.  

Navtej Purewal was the principle investigator on a large project under the Religion and Society programme (AHRC and ESRC) on popular religious practices and contemporary transgressions of religious boundaries in South Asia focusing specifically on the region of Punjab in both India and Pakistan.

Purewal has an ongoing interest in feminist scholarship and activism and has published and taught on topics relating to gender justice in South Asia including education and sex selection.



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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Panjabi