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Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh was born in India, and went for high school to the USA. She received her BA in Philosophy and Religion from Wellesley College, her MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from Temple University. She is the Crawford professor and chair of the department of religious studies at Colby College in the USA. From The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent (Cambridge University Press, 1993) to her latest The First Sikh: The Life and Legacy of Guru Nanak by Penguin Viking (2019), Nikky Singh has been publishing extensively in the field of Sikh studies.