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Athabasca University

Academic Coordinator and Tutor


Undergraduate Teaching

Children’s Literature (ENGL 305), Comparative Canadian Literature (ENGL 351) Literature of the Harlem Renaissance (ENGL 361), The Nineteenth-century English Novel (ENGL 395), Postcolonial Literature (ENGL 433), Latin American Literature (ENGL 458), Directed Studies in Literature (ENGL 491).

Academic Background

Ph.D. Representations of Language, Feminism, and Subalternity in Indian Women's Writing in English (University of Alberta, 1998)

M.A. Rewritten Black American Autobiography (University of Alberta, 1991)

Key Areas of Academic Research and Teaching

  • Postcolonial theory and criticism
  • Testimonials, Oral History, and Documentary Films
  • Feminist historiography
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Public Health

Current work in progress

Witness Narratives in Humanitarian Discourse

Women Writing Culture in India


Loss and Recovery after Concussion: Adolescent Patients Give Voice to their Concussion Experience. Health Expectations. Sept. 2020.

“The Standardized Booklet and Beyond: Patient Perspectives on Patient Education for Breast Cancer Care.” Health Education Journal, March 2020: 1-13.

“Daughters of Indianization: Love, Rebellion and Gandhian Imperatives.” Dialog 25 (Spring 2014): 19- 36 (Refereed)

Review of Rumina Sethi, Myths of the Nation, ARIEL 32.2 (2001): 179-184

" 'Is there a ghost, a zombie there?' Post-colonial Intertextuality and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea." Textual Practice 10.2 (1996): 315-327.

Selected Conferences

Invited Chair and Discussant. Panel on Patient Engagement: Changing climates, uncertain encounters, and emergent relationships in medical research. Canadian Anthropological Society (CASCA) Annual Meeting. Vancouver, November 20-24, 2019

“A Feeling of Dread So Deep I Didn’t feel Anybody Would Understand”: The Experiences of Younger Women Patients with Cardiac Symptoms. Symposium. Qualitative Health Research (QHR) Conference. Quebec City. Oct 17-19, 2017.

“The Visual Text of Humanitarian Discourse.” MAIS Forum, University of Alberta, Sept. 23, 2015.

“Managing History in Humanitarian Documents,” Canadian Social Anthropology Association (CASCA) Conference, York University, May 1, 2014.

“The Humanitarian Edge: Narratives of Cosmopolitan Care,” CACLALS, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria, June 1, 2013.

“Abjection and Heroic Cosmopolitanism in Witness Narratives,” Conference on Negative Cosmopolitanisms: Abjection, Power, and Biopolitics, University of Alberta, Oct. 11-13, 2012.

Updated March 06 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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