Jagbir Jhutti-Johal

Colleges, School and Institutes


I studied in the Department of Anthropology and History at University College London where I completed my undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Social Anthropology.  I then went to Oxford University where I completed my DPhil in Social Anthropology entitled A study of changes in marriage practices among the Sikhs of Britain.

Before coming to Birmingham in 2002, I was working at the University of Oxford has a Research Assistant on a project commisioned by the Department of Constitutional Affairs (now Ministry of Justice) looking at public law proceedings concerned with the care and protection of children focusing, in particular, on race and ethnicity in the Family Justice System.

Research interests

My main research area is Contemporary Sikhism. This includes:

  • Sikhs and the Law, especially with reference to the impact on identity
  • Gender Studies and Sikhism focusing on geneder inequality and issues such as female feoticide and domestic violence
  • Sikhism and Science, especially questions about scientific advances in reproductive technologies, cloning and genetic engineering, but also how the body is viewed, especially within Sikhism.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I am happy to supervise in a range of topics:

Sikh Studies
Ethnic Minorities, Religion and Law
South Asian Diasporas
Gender Studies
Religion in Contemporary Society