I am a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria in the department of Anthropology, living and working on unceded, unsurrendered Lkwungen & W̱SÁNEĆ territories, also known as Victoria, BC. My PhD research looks at the intersections of migration, reproduction, gender and race by examining the anthropology of pregnancy loss in the Punjabi Canadian diaspora. In addition to teaching on subjects related to medical anthropology, health, illness and reproduction, I have gained valuable expertise in teaching, researching, facilitating workshops, and consulting and training on topics related to:
- diversity and inclusion in higher education and the workplace;
- intercultural communication, competency, and management;
- indigenous awareness;
- gender dynamics and equity;
- implicit bias;
- decolonizing practices;
- immigration and refugee issues;
- social justice and related concepts (privilege, feminism etc.);
- active listening;
- job skills and career planning in higher education
- among others!
My Master of Arts (’16) at the University of Manitoba dealt with online social networks, mental health, disclosure, and stigma. Mainly, I am interested in how people understand their bodies, selves, identities, health and illness, and how they tell their stories. My dedication to these subjects is informed by my previous degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Anthropology & English (2013).
My current academic research interests include: anthropology of reproduction, the body and medicine/health; Indian diaspora; popular media and representation; social media; online ethnography; public anthropology.
I am also a pop culture junkie, documentary addict, and compulsive tweeter.