Dr. Seema Sohi
Associate Professor
Asian American Studies • U.S. History

Office Location: Ketchum 259

Pronouns: she / her / hers



Ph.D., University of Washington - History, 2008
M.A., University of Vermont - History
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz - English & History, 1997

Research Interests

Asian American Studies, U.S. History, Critical Ethnic Studies, Climate Justice, Empire, Citizenship, Social Movements

Seema Sohi is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her book, Echoes of Mutiny: Race, Surveillance, and Indian Anticolonialism in North America (Oxford University Press, 2014) examines the radical anticolonial politics of South Asian intellectuals and migrant workers based in North America during the early twentieth century as well as the inter-imperial efforts of the U.S. and British states to repress them. A history of radicalism and antiradicalism, this project also looks at the racial formations of South Asians through the lens of antiradicalism during the early years of South Asian migration to the United States. She has also published essays and articles in the Journal of American History, Sikh Formations, and an anthology titled, The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power (New York University Press, 2013). She is currently writing a history of the climate justice movement.

Selected Publications


Sohi, Seema. Echoes of Mutiny: Race, Surveillance, and Indian Anticolonialism in North America (Oxford Univeristy Press, 2014). 

Refereed Articles

Sohi, Seema. “Barred Zones, Rising Tides, and Radical Struggles: The 1917 Immigration Act,” Journal of American History, Volume 109, Issue 2, September 2022, pgs. 298–309. 
     * Winner of the 2023 Binkley-Stephenson Award for the best article the appeared in the Journal of American History in 2022

Sohi, Seema. “From Bandung to Little Rock: Dalip Singh Saund and the Limits of Racial Liberalism” Invited contribution to Special Issue of Amerasia titled, “Conservatisms and Fascisms in Asian America,” Volume 48, Issue 1, 2022, pgs. 83-90. 

Sohi, Seema. “Indian Anticolonialism and Security Regimes Across the British and American Empires,” Journal of Modern European History 16, no. 3 (August 2018): 335-352

Sohi, Seema. “Sites of ‘Sedition,’ Sites of Liberation: Gurdwaras, the Ghadar Party, and Anticolonial Mobilization,” Sikh Formations 10, no. 1 (April 2014): 5-22.

Sohi, Seema. “Race, Surveillance, and Indian Anticolonialism in the Transnational Western U.S.-Canadian Borderlands,” Journal of American History 98 (September 2011).

Contributions to Edited Collections

Sohi, Seema. “South Asian American Anticolonial Writings: Critical Reflections on Race, Empire and Migration in the United States,” Asian American Literature in Transition, Josephine Lee and Julia Lee eds., Cambridge University Press, (2021)

Sohi, Seema. “Repressing the ‘Hindu Menace’: Race, Anarchy, and Indian Anticolonialism," in Vivek Bald, Miabi Chatterji, Sujani Reddy, and Manu Vimalassery, eds., The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in the Age of U.S. Power (New York: New York University Press, 2013).