Ranjit Singh, Associate Professor of Political Science, holds a Ph.D. (2005) from the University of Virginia, an M.A. (1992) in Arab studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. (1989) from Mary Washington College. He is the 2007 recipient of UMW’s Giving Tree Award for outstanding faculty or staff.
He served as an accredited international observer to elections in South Africa, Namibia, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Bangladesh, Liberia and Afghanistan, including the 1996, 2005, and 2006 Palestinian national elections and the 2009 presidential and provincial election in Afghanistan.
Dr. Singh spent seven years living and working in the Middle East, including Egypt, Syria, Jordan, the Persian Gulf, Israel, and the Palestinian Occupied Territories. He was a program officer for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. There he spent two years designing and implementing democracy programs funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and USAID in support of 1996 Palestinian elections. He managed offices and programs in the Occupied Territories for 18 months and consulted regularly with senior Palestinian and Israeli officials, political party leaders, and international organizations.
From 1995 to 1996, he was chief facilitator for the Palestinian Domestic Monitoring Committee, a nonpartisan coalition of 40 local nongovernmental organizations. He also has worked as a consultant for a member of the ruling family in Bahrain, conducting historical and legal research on the territorial and maritime boundary disputes between Bahrain and Qatar, and was an Arabic-English translator in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Singh is the author of several scholarly works on the Middle East, including articles that have appeared in Middle East International, Middle East Report, and The Digest of Middle East Studies. He also writes frequent op-eds for local and national newspapers.
In addition, he is a member of the American Center for Oriental Research, the American Political Science Association, and the Middle East Studies Association.