2016 B.A. in History, First-Class Honours, McGill University (Final Year GPA: 3.9)
"Drone Strikes and Diasporic Fights: Rad South Asian American Youth Resistance to America’s Predator Empire," paper to be published in a peer-reviewed anthology edited by Rebecca Adelman and David Kieran with University of Minnesota Press, Spring 2018.
"Beyond “Decolonized Skies”: Unsettling Civilians and their Anti-Drone Artwork," paper to be delivered at the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, Montreal, QC, November 2016.
"Challenging the Neoliberal TRC: The Possibilities and Dangers of Zochot’s Truth Commission for Palestinian Freedom," paper to be delivered at the Decolonizing Conference, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, November 2016.
"Dalit Diaspora: Re-imaginging the Sikh-Canadian Community," paper to be delivered at the Canadian Studies Network Annual Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, October 2016.
"#SouthAsiansforBlackPower? Centering an Afro-Dalit Political Imaginary," paper delivered at the Harriet Tubman Institute Annual Conference, York University, Toronto, ON, May 2016.
"Devina Keswani and Transgender Childhood Belonging in America," paper delivered at the Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies Annual Research Symposium, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, April 2016.
"Identity Politics in South Asian American Studies," paper delivered at the McGill-Queens 2016 Graduate History Conference, McGill University, Montreal, QC, February 2016.
"American Car Culture and the Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity," convened at McGill University, Montreal, QC, Summer 2016.
"Trigger Warning: Addressing Trauma in the Post-Secondary Classroom," convened at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Fall 2015.
Archives Coordinator / South Asian Visual Arts Centre
November 2016 - present
Currently working as the Archives Coordinator at the South Asian Visual Arts Centre in Toronto, ON. Main responsibilities have included developing an oral history podcast, building a digital archive, and designing a new visual brand for the organization.
Waste Justice Coordinator / Concordia University
June 2016 - November 2016
Hired to direct waste justice activities at Concordia University, with a primary objective to transition The Dish Project into a financially-viable social enterprise. The initiative, which provides cost-effective and accessible dishes as an alternative to disposable items at events, meetings, and other gatherings, is designed to tangibly reduce the amount of waste produced in Montreal. Main responsibilities include securing $50,000 in start-up funding, recruiting, hiring and supervising 8-10 volunteers and staff for operations, and managing the projects' finances. Additional activities have included drafting and editing sections of Concordia University's Sustainability Policy, organizing a pre-conference on the topic of Connecting Sustainability Praxis at Concordia with the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre, and conducting policy engagement and activism around issues of waste justice in the wider Montreal community.
Rez Project Coordinator / McGill University
June 2016 - November 2016
Hired to coordinate Rez Project–an initiative designed to introduce first-year students to structural power and anti-oppressive analysis. Through workshops, panels and other interventions, the project provides students the tools to prevent and navigate a range of issues from sexual assault and mental health to structural racism and queerness. Responsibilities included drawing on critical pedagogical praxis to re-write the workshops, consulting and collaborating with campus partners, training and managing volunteers to deliver our programs, scheduling and organizing over 400 workshops and developing a 5-year strategic plan for Rez Project. Peripheral activities included developing and delivering advanced workshops on anti-oppressive practice to on-campus groups at McGill University including Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students' Society, assisting the Office of the Dean of Students with the development of an Active Bystander Training Program, and contributing to campus-wide social justice initiatives such as ‘Consent Week.’ View our consent workshop.
Research Assistant / The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
June 2015 - June 2016
Contracted by the department of Education and Community Programmes to assist with exhibition planning, conduct collections research and consult on organizational design. Primary duties included researching and proposing interactive gallery displays for upcoming exhibitions including Pompeii and Mapplethorpe, researching the colonial history of the MMFA in relation to its World Cultures and First Peoples collections to provide recommendations for re-installation and the return of stolen objects, and writing a report that explored re-structuring the MMFA, in order to centralize outreach and engagement activities in a department of Visitor Experience.
Editor-in-Chief / Historical Discourses
September 2015 - May 2016
Responsible for co-managing the production of the Spring 2016 issue of the McGill undergraduate history journal. Thinking through the politics of publishing and historical thinking at McGill, convened and worked closely with an editorial board to select, thematically organize, edit and publish a range of intellectually-engaged texts, including essays, historical fictions, and proposed syllabi. Other responsibilities included securing $5000 in funding, convening an advisory board, designing the layout and cover image, and coordinating printing. View the journal, read our introduction, and reflect on our cover design.
Summer 2015 Summer Residency in Sustainability Praxis The ECOLE Project, McGill University
2013 - 2015 Co-Director and Course Facilitator McGill Students Design Cooperative
2014 - 2015 Youth Electoral Engagement Strategist Apathy is Boring
Summer 2014 Administrative and Fund Development Intern Apathy is Boring
Summer 2012 Community Research Intern City of Kitchener
2011 - 2012 Student Trustee Waterloo Region District School Board
2010 - 2012 Chairperson Kitchener Youth Action Council
Archie Malloch Award in Public Learning / The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas
May 2015 - May 2016
Selected for the Archie Malloch Award In Public Learning by the public humanities institute at McGill University. Responsibilities included developing programming and assisting with communications and social media outreach efforts. Main activities included convening the reading group, “Trigger Warning: Addressing Trauma in the Post-Secondary Classroom” and securing $20,000 in funding to develop workshop programs and compile resource guides about for undergraduate students that would teach them how to mobilize their research and participate in public conversations.