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Dr. Nalini Ghuman

Wrong Dr. Nalini Ghuman?

Board Member

Phone: (207) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  United States
American Musicological Society Inc
6010 College Station
Brunswick , Maine 04011
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    SEM Orchestra


  • Oxford
  • Ph.D.
    University of California , Berkeley
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Web References
Nalini Ghuman, Resonances of ..., 1 Oct 2013 [cached]
Nalini Ghuman, Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination, 1897-1947 (Oxford University Press); supported by the AMS 75 PAYS Endowment
In the President's Message I did ..., 30 April 2007 [cached]
In the President's Message I did not mention her name, Nalini Ghuman, or her academic affiliation, Mills College, because she felt that this was a simple misunderstanding that could be resolved quickly out of the public eye.It has now been more than eight months since the incident at the San Francisco airport, and there has been no apparent movement toward resolution.At the request of the Board of Directors I am therefore sending you the statement below, issued by Mills College, in order to inform you more fully of her status.
I also ask as a matter of urgency that you consider acting on behalf of our fellow musicologist by writing directly to Ms. Jane Burt-Lynn at the U.S. Department of State to express concern over Dr. Ghuman's situation.
Should you write, it would help if you could send copies of your letter to Dr. Ghuman's congressional representative, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and to Mills College, but the most important gesture at this point would be a letter to Ms. Burt-Lynn.
I realize that this is a busy time of year, and do not lightly ask you to add another letter to your list of things to do, but I would ask you to consider Dr. Ghuman's extraordinary situation and help her by writing today.
In August 2006, British citizen Dr. Nalini Ghuman was detained for 8 hours at San Francisco airport after returning from a month-long research visit to the UK.Professor Ghuman had previously held F1 student visas since September 1996 while earning a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.She has been employed as an Assistant Professor of Music at Mills College since 2003, and was in possession of an H1B visa, issued in London, valid until 31 May 2008.
Instead of being allowed to return to her home in Oakland to start her fourth year at Mills, Dr. Ghuman had her visa revoked and was denied re-entry to the country where she has lived, studied, and worked for 10 years.A distinguished music graduate of Oxford University and of Kings College, London, Dr. Ghuman is completing her book focused on the influence of India on English music in the early twentieth century.
Bay Area legislators have received dozens of letters protesting Dr Ghuman's exclusion from the USA, and Mills College has written to the Department of State urging their office to correct a grave error by restoring Dr Ghuman's visa immediately so that she can return to her teaching position without further loss to her students and harm to her career as a classical music scholar.Dr. Ghuman's students at Mills have already waited over eight months for her to be allowed to return to her teaching duties.This semester she is teaching her seminar on music in fin-de-siècle France via professional video-link from the University of Wales and maintains full contact with her students.The government action denying her entry to the U.S. prevented her from presenting her professional work at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in November 2006.In response to this the Board of Directors of the AMS, the largest international association dealing with music as a branch of learning and scholarship, officially protested her exclusion in a letter to the Department of State.
Despite numerous requests from herself and from prominent legislators, Dr. Ghuman has never received an explanation for her exclusion from the U.S. or for the continuing delay on her application for a replacement visa.
Dr. Ghuman has been informed by her Member of Parliament's office that the U.S. London Embassy is convinced that mistaken identity is the issue in her case.They state that they are, however, finding it impossible to get through to the State Department and are frustrated by the lack of response from Washington.They have told her MP's office to keep up their attempts to contact the State Department.
At Mills, faculty members in the Music Department are bewildered by Dr. Ghuman's exclusion from the U.S., which is keeping her from her role as a passionate advocate of classical music as part of a liberal arts education.According to department head David Bernstein, Dr. Ghuman came to Mills more than three years ago with great potential as both a scholar and as a teacher.Her continuing exclusion from the U.S. has created uncertainty in the Music Department for her students and faculty colleagues.
According to Mills President Janet L. Holmgren, the arbitrary and inexplicable exclusion of Dr. Ghuman has been a personal tragedy for her and a cause of distress to Mills and to American higher education.
As a member of the American Musicological Society I am writing to you to ask your assistance in resolving a serious situation involving one of our members, Dr. Nalini Ghuman, a citizen of the United Kingdom and a professor of music at Mills College in Oakland, California.In August 2006 Dr. Ghuman was detained upon her return to the United States, her H-1B visa was revoked, and she was forced to return to the United Kingdom.Now, over eight months later, she is still in the United Kingdom, away from her job and her home, and has as yet received no explanation for our government's actions.We in the AMS find this situation quite alarming, and fervently hope that it can be resolved as soon as possible.Dr. Ghuman applied for a new H-1B visa over six months ago.Any assistance that you can provide in expediting the processing of her visa application by the Department of State would be deeply appreciated.
Thank you very much for your efforts on behalf of Dr. Ghuman and her students, family, friends, and colleagues.
Position Statement on the Seizure of Prof. Nalini Ghuman’s Visa (October 4, 2007) - Society for Ethnomusicology, 4 Oct 2007 [cached]
The Society for Ethnomusicology regrets the August 8, 2006 seizure of the visa of SEM member, Dr. Nalini Ghuman, a US-educated professor and UK citizen, returning from her family’s home in the United Kingdom to her position as Assistant Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California. Still prevented from returning to her teaching position in the autumn of 2007, Dr. Ghuman has yet to be informed of the reasons she is being prevented from reentering the United States. In the strongest terms possible we urge the United States State Department to restore Dr. Ghuman’s ability to assume her position in the international community of scholars of which she is a part.
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"Banned: A year later, Professor Nalini Ghuman still can't enter the United States," The Weekly of Mills College. January 16, 2008.
Nalini Guhman, of Great ... [cached]
Nalini Guhman, of Great Britain, is a musicologist and expert on British composer Edward Elger.But in August last year, she was stopped in the San Francisco airport and told she was not allowed to enter the United States.
Guhman has resided, studied and worked in the U.S. for the last ten years, and is an assistant professor at Mills College in Oakland, Calif.
Her case has spurred a protest campaign by the American Musicological Society, after there was no explanation given as to why Guhman's Visa was revoked.
Read more: New York Times >>
Community | The Opportunity Agenda, 13 Mar 2009 [cached]
In an astounding case of irrational and excessive force by Customs and Border agents, preeminent musicologist Nalini Ghuman was denied entry to the US last year on her way back to California, where she is a university professor at Mills College in Oakland. A British citizen of Welsh and Indian parents with a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, Ghuman had her passport and valid visa torn up and has not been allowed to return since.
Matters are made even worse -- if possible -- by the inadequate response of the United States government to the appalling treatment of Professor Ghuman.
The appalling treatment of Professor Ghuman takes the immigration debate well above questions of legality. The border agents should be investigated thoroughly for denying Ghuman the opportunity to return to her job based solely upon their xenophobic impression of a person of color.
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