Maya Singhal

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity
Areas of Expertise Criminal Justice, Gender, Law Enforcement & Policing, Political Economy, Race, Identity & Ethnicity, Social Movements, Urban Policies & Politics
Areas of Interest Afro Asia, crime and criminalization, mutual aid, community defense, New York City


Maya Singhal is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute. Their current book project is an ethnographic and historical study of mutual aid, criminalized activities, and community defense between African American and Chinese American populations in New York City. They also write more broadly about capital, forensics, and childhood. Maya completed their Ph.D. in anthropology at Harvard University, and they also hold MA degrees in the social sciences from the University of Chicago and in humanities and social thought from New York University.


Singhal, Maya. 2022. “Suzanne Césaire.” In Neglected Social Theorists of Color: Deconstructing the Margins, edited by David R. Dickens, C.C. Herbison, and Korey Tillman. Washington, DC: Lexington Books.

Singhal, Maya. 2022. “Opium and the Family in the Writings of Karl Marx.” Science and Society 86 (3): 370-388. Ralph, Michael, and Maya Singhal. 2019. “Racial Capitalism.” Theory and Society 48 (6): 851-881.