Coaching Speciality: I have worked with a wide diversity of clients and industries, and I have the capacity to support clients navigating many areas of challenge. However, I work best with highly educated coachees who already have achieved significant success in their careers and personal lives, and who are seeking to expand their visions to become truly extraordinary leaders. Although I have ample background working in global tech, education, and service industries; my coaching matches best with organizations comprised of individuals striving to proliferate peace in the world. I am most adept at coaching clients out of "stuckness" within limiting perspectives, and into powerful visions of possibility that support inspired action.
Story: I grew up in a very small working class town in New Jersey. And from there, at first driven by the desire to escape - then compelled by curiosity and thirst for knowledge - I sought to make a life of traveling and learning. I have travelled throughout the world, and within the intricacies of mind - I've worked within war zones and within locales exemplifying the triumph of love and compassion - all with the aim of understanding the full range of experiences - of conflicts, joys, successes - that comprise the human condition. In addition to being a scientist and a philosopher, I have been an avid musician and composer, a lover of art and literature, and a practitioner of yoga and Tai Chi. After 20 years as a professor, scholar, teacher, and writer; I closed up shop at the university and devoted two years to meditation to seeking to learn about peace on a deeper level. All of these experiences are brought to fruition in my work as coach and facilitator in service of my clients.
Coaching Approach: After so many years of working with diverse understandings of the nuances of the human condition, including training in different models of coaching and facilitation, I've arrived at a basic - yet powerful - approach. Listen. Generate curiosity and compassion. Be sincere. Don't be afraid to call it like I see it. And don't forget to laugh.
Business Background: I hold two MA degrees, and Ph.D.s. Prior to becoming a full-time coach, I worked as a professor of social sciences, history, linguistics, and philosophy at Harvard University, Swarthmore University, Duke University, and Stanford University. I wrote books and articles on the development of transnational organizations, on conflict resolution, on globalization, on new technologies of communication, and on the possibilities for peace in the world. I developed global research projects (between India, the UK, and North America), travelled around the world giving key note lectures and leading workshops, and trained thousands of students in the fields of social science, history, linguistics, and philosophy. I organized workshops, conferences, lectures, and professional meetings - attended by international and interdisciplinary scholars and students. I did pro bono work with communities of individuals from India, the UK, and North America who had been subjected to violence and exclusion.
Education, Certifications, Faculty, Publications
As mentioned above, I held positions at Harvard, Swarthmore, Duke, Stanford. I've also received numerous grants and fellowships, including National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hayes, MacArthur, Social Science Research Council, American Institute of Indian Studies, among many others.
In addition to the trainings/education listed below, I have also been trained in the following: Landmark Education Curriculum for Living; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; G.R.A.C.E: Training with Roshi Joan Halifax in Cultivating Compassion-based Interactions for Professional Caregivers.
I have also completed Coaching Training with Coaching Training Institute in San Rafael, CA
- Ph.D. in Philosophy; University of California – Santa Cruz, 2012. GPA: 4.0. Thesis title: “Of Wonder and Waking.” Dissertation Committee: Ric Otte (Chair), David Hoy, Rasmus Winther.
- Ph.D. in Social and Historical Anthropology; University of Chicago, December, 1998. GPA: 4.0.. Thesis title: “Promise and Threat: A Historical Anthropology of the Sikh Diaspora.” Dissertation Committee: Arjun Appadurai (Chair), Jean Comaroff, Bernard S. Cohn, Homi K. Bhabha, Lauren Berlant.
- Master's Degree in Social Anthropology (MA); University of Chicago, completed December 1993. GPA: 4.0. Thesis title: "Visual Representation, Colonialism, and the Sikh Nation."
- Graduate Coursework in South Asian Area Studies and Anthropology; University of Texas-Austin; Fall 1991 - Spring 1992. GPA: 4.0.
- Graduate Coursework in South Asian Area Studies; University of Wisconsin- Madison; Fall 1990 - Winter 1991. GPA. 4.0.
- Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA); Colby College, Maine, 1989. GPA: 3.68. Independent Major, Indian Studies; graduation with honors (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).
- Undergraduate Coursework: Banaras Hindu University – Varanasi, India. 1987-1988. GPA: 4.0. Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi. Indian Literature, Religion, History. Honor’s Thesis on Sacred Music of the Sikhs.
- In Process Of Wonder and Waking: An Inquiry into Suffering, Delusion, and the Possibilities of Healing
- 2002 [editor] From the Margins: Historical Anthropology and Its Futures. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
- 2001. The Nation's Tortured Body: Violence, Representation, and the Formation of a Sikh "Diaspora." Durham and London: Duke University Press.
- In Process “A Time For Method: or…What is Ethnography, Why Are You Making Me Do It, and Why Do I Have to Do It (in order to become an anthropologist)?
- In Process “Traumatized Citizenship: Reflections on the Emergence of American Multicultural Life since September 11, 2001.”
- 2009 a “Review of Sikhs in Britain (Singh and Tatla).” Sikh Formations.
- 2009b “Forests of Citation: Concluding Unauthorized Postscript to Bernard S. Cohn’s ‘History and Anthropology: The State of Play’.” History of the Social Sciences. Vol. 22, No 3: 1-27.
- 2008 “Digital Figurings of the Unimaginable: Visual Media, Death, and Formations of the Sikh Diaspora, In Transnational Citizenship and Diasporic Recognition [edited by Simon Turner] (For special issue of JES).
- 2006 “Anthropology and the New Technologies of Communication.” Cultural Anthropology. August.
- 2005 “Review of The Sikhs in Canada: Migration, Race, Class, and Gender (Basran and Bolaria).” Journal of Asian Studies.
- 2005 “Diasporic Sublime: Sikh Martyrs, Internet Mediations, and the Question of the Unimaginable.” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture and Theory. No. 1.
- 2004 “The Context of Diaspora.” Cultural Anthropology. Vol. 19, No. 1.
- 2003 “Poverty of the Imagination.” Anthropological Quarterly. Vol. 76, No. 1.
- 2003 “Response to Barrier on The Nation’s Tortured Body.” Journal of Asian Studies. Vol. 62, Number 1 (February).
- 2003 “Sikh Domains: Information Technology, Global Conflict, and the Struggles for Khalistan - A Sovereign Sikh State.” SSRC Working Papers. Transnational Civil Society Organizations and Information Technologies.
- 2002 “National Interruption: Diasporas and Multiculturalism.” Cultural DynamicsVol. 14, Number 3: 235-256.
- 2002 "The Diasporic Imaginary." Public Culture Vol. 14, Number 2: 411-428.
- 2002 “Historical Anthropology and Its Vicissitudes.” In [ed. Brian K. Axel] From the Margins. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
- 2002 “Fantastic Community: Time, Difference, and the ‘Self-Government’ of the Indian Nation-State.” In [ed. Brian K. Axel] From the Margin. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
- 2002 “Colonialism and Its Doubles.” Current Anthropology Vol. 43, Number 1.
- 2001 “Vom Bild zur Rede/From Image to Enunciation.” In Candice Breitz Cuttings OK Center For Contemporary Art Oberosterreich (Linz).
- 2000. “Who Fabled: Joyce and Vico on History.” In New Vico Studies (Vol. 18).
- 1999. “Review of A Part, Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America [edited by Lavina D. Shankar and R. Srikanth].” Journal of Asian Studies February.
- 1999. "Disembodiment and the Total Body." In [eds. Candice Breitz and Brenda Atkinson] GREY AREAS: Representation, Identity and Politics in Contemporary South African Art. Johannesburg: Chalkham Hill Press.
- 1998. "Disembodiment and the Total Body: A Response to Enwezor on Contemporary on South African Representation." Third Text Issue 43.
- 1998. “The Ghost Series.” Introduction to the exhibition of works by South African artist Candice Breitz, CHICAGO PROJECT ROOM (April)
- 1998. "Review of Third Sex/Third Gender: Beyond Sexual Dimorphism in Culture and History [edited by Gilbert Herdt]." American Ethnologist. Vol. 25(1).
- 1996a. "Time and Threat: Questioning the Production of the Diaspora as an Object of Study." In History and Anthropology Vol. 9 (2): 415 - 443.
- 1996b. "Notes on Space, Cartography, and Gender." In [ed] Pashaura Singh and N. Gerald Barrier The Transmission of Sikh Heritage in the Diaspora. New Delhi: Manohar.
- 1995. "Proceedings of the Conference on 'Research and Transnational Formations'." In Chicago Anthropology Exchange Winter.
- 1994. "Place and Displacement (an abstract)." In Chicago Anthropology Exchange Spring.
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