2013    Doctorate of Philosophy Humanities – York University
2007    Master of Arts English – University of Calgary
2003    Bachelor of Arts English Honours – University of Winnipeg
2000    Bachelor of Education – University of Winnipeg

2006    University Teaching Certificate – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2005    Instructional Skills Workshop – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2000    The Manitoba Teachings’ Society



Review of In the Wake of Loss: Short Stories by Sheila James, The Fourth Canvas by Rana Bose and Her Mother’s Ashes 3: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States edited by Nurjehan Aziz. Canadian Literature: Prison Writing #208. Spring 2011 (pg.165 – 166).

Review of Valley Sutra by Gill, Kuldip Gill, Enter the Chrysanthemum by Fiona Timwei Lam, Fish Bones by Gillian Sze and Reticent Bodies by Moez Surani. Canadian Literature: Mordecai Richler #207. Winter 2010, (pg. 141 – 142).

Review of Shopping for Sabzi by Nitin Deckha and The Sherpa and Other Stories by Nila Gupta. Canadian Literature: Mordecai Richler #207. Winter 2010, (pg. 207 – 207).



“Entanglement.” TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism: Issue #12 (online). October 2010.

“Gurdwara in Five Acts.” Canadian Literature: 50th Anniversary Interventions 204 (2010): 43.

“Balance” and “Doll.” Poems. Race Poetry, Eh? Ed. Ashok Mathur. Special Issue of Prairie Fire 21.4 (2001) 99 – 100.



Sept. 2010 “Archiving Sikh Women’s History through Film: Sikh Women in the Kitchen, an Experimental Film Narrative” Canadian Women Writers Conference: Connecting Texts and Generations. University of Alberta.

Sept. 2009 (Narrow Field of Vision): Experimental Film. Spinning Wheel Film Festival, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum.



Jan. 2012 “Gender Performance Anxiety: Sikh Men Wearing Dupattas and Sikh Women Donning Turbans.” South Asian Literary Association annual conference. Seattle, Washington.

Oct. 2011 “Kuldip Gill’s Poetry as a Collective and Historical Memory Site.” Safar: Our Journeys Connecting: Our stories, vision & paths. First Sikh Feminist Research Conference. The Sikh Feminist Research Institute in partnership with Centre for Women’s Studies in Education. University of Toronto. Ontario.

Jan. 2011 “A Punjabi Parable: Empowering Sikh Women’s Subjectivity
 in the film Heaven on Earth by Deepa Mehta.” South Asian Literary Association annual conference. Los Angeles, California.

Oct. 2010 “Fostering Hyphened Narratives in the Creative Writing Classroom.” Inaugural Creative Writers and Creative Writing Programs conference. University of Calgary. Alberta.

June 2010 “Global Spotlight: Child Stars from the Slums of India in the film Slumdog Millionaire” Film Studies Association of Canada annual conference. Concordia University, Montréal, Québec.

Dec. 2009 “The Top Knot: Sikh Women Weaving Gender into the Turban.” South Asian Literary Association annual conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

May 2009 “Deliberate Misreadings: Narrative Hunger and the Possibilities of Genre.” Inaugural Carol Shields Symposium on Women’s Writing: Festival of Voices University of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dec. 2008 “Compromising Positions: Transgressive Subjectivity of a South Asian Canadian Lesbian in Farzana Doctor’s Stealing Nasreen.” South Asian Literary Association annual conference. San Francisco, California.

May 2008 “The Hidden Sikh: Performance.” Graduate Humanities Students Conference. Department of Humanities, York University, Toronto, Ontario.

May 2007 Hassanali, Lisha, Sharanpal Ruprai, Louise Saldanha, Aruna Srivastava, and Proma Tagore, Presenters. South Asian Bodies in Performance. Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada: Performing Identity/Crossing Borders. Nicosia, Cyprus.

Dec. 2006 “Poisoned by a European Kiss: Female Desire, in Shauna Singh Baldwin’s What The Body Remembers.” South Asian Literary Association annual conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Nov. 2006 “Sweet like Jalebi.” Sexing the Text: Gendered Works and Working Gender conference. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia.

May 2006 “A Little Distillery in Nowgong: A Novel Across Media” co-presenter with Dr. A. Mathur. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. York University.