Shinder Purewal

BA (SFU), MA (SFU), PhD (Queen's University)
Shinder Purewal
Surrey Office: Fir 245
Surrey Campus: 604-729-4592

Shinder came to Kwantlen as an ESL student a week after his landing in Canada in 1979. After graduating from the Princess Margret Senior Secondary, he joined Kwantlen as an undergraduate student in College's first year of separation from Douglas College in 1981. He went on to finish his BA and MA from SFU and obtained his PhD from the Queen's in Kingston, ON. In 2001, he joined KPU as a full-time faculty in political science. A community activist, who has served on various community boards and editorial boards including peer-reviewed journals like Understanding Sikhism, Journal of Punjab Politics, and International Journal of Punjabi literature. He is the author of Sikh Ethnonationalism (Oxford University Press) and Tandoori Democracy along with numerous journal article. In addition, Shinder has served as a Citizenship Judge of British Columbia and Yukon region. 

Scholarly Work

  • Publications
  • Tandoori Democracy: Campaign 2012 for Punjab Assembly. New Delhi: Gyan Publishing.
  • Sikh Ethnonationalism and the Political Economy of Punjab. New Delhi, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Shinder Purewal (2012). “The Evolution of Sikh Secessionist Movement in Western Liberal Democracies.” International Journal of Business and Social Science, III (18): 107–113
  • Shinder Purewal (2011). “Sikh Diaspora and the Movement for Khalistan.” Indian Journal of Political Science. LXXII (4): 1131–1142.
  • Shinder Purewal (2003). “Quebec and Punjab: A Comparative Analysis of Two Autonomy Movements”,Proceedings of the Annual Conference of British Columbia Political Studies Association, Vancouver: Simon Fraser University.
  • Shinder Purewal (2001). “Religion, Violence and Security in South Asia,” Punjab Journal of Politics, XXV (2): 3–21.
  • Shinder Purewal (2001). “Uniculturalism, Biculturalism or Multiculturalism: A Canadian Debate,” Punjab Journal of Politics, XXV (1): 17–27.
  • Shinder Purewal (1999). “Agrarian Roots of Sikh Ethnonationalism,” Proceedings of the Annual Conference of British Columbia Political Studies Association, Vancouver: University of British Columbia.
  • “Multiculturalism at Crossroads: A Canadian Experience,” Paper present at a Seminar organized by the Department of Political Science, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India (January 12, 2011).
  • “Canadian Election Campaigns and the Issue of Environment,” Key Note Speech, delivered at a Conference on ‘Environment and Public Awareness,’ SBBS Institute of Engineering and Technology, Padhiana, India (January 10, 2011).
  • “Ethnic Violence, Religious Fundamentalism and Security in South Asia,” Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of South Asianists of the Pacific Northwest, Simon Fraser University (27 October 2001).
  • “Ethnic Violence in South Asia: A Political Economy Perspective,” Paper Presented at a Seminar organized by the Department of Political Science, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (February 15, 2001).
  • “Employment Equity in Federal and Provincial Jurisdictions: A Comparative Analysis,” Paper Presented at Leader’s Forum on Employment Equity, Employment Equity Secretariat, Government of British Columbia, Victoria (November 2, 1999).
  • “Agrarian Roots of Sikh Ethnonationalism,” Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of British Columbia Political Studies Association, Vancouver, University of British Columbia (May 15, 1999).
  • “Sikhism in the New Millennium: Challenges and Responses,” Paper Presented at Tercentenary Celebrations Seminar, Kamloops, Thompson River University (April 1999).
  • Shinder Purewal (1992). The Politics of Multiculturalism in Canada, 1963–1971. M.A. Dissertation, Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University.