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Queen's University

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M.A. Candidate
South Asian Diaspora in East Africa

Phone:  613-533-2150
Fax:  613-533-6298


B.A. (Honours), University of Guelph, 2013


I am currently pursuing an MA in History under the supervision of Dr. Amitava Chowdhury. My research will focus on the South Asian diaspora to colonial Kenya.

I am interested in the role of community intra-community agency in shaping education experiences for South Asian youth, who comprised a significant portion of the student population in colonial Kenya.  I will examine the nature of family pressure for education, reasons why children from different communities and sub-communities achieved varied levels of education, and the degree to which education levels were culturally or financially determined. I am also interested in how gender constructions for South Asian women changed as being part of a diaspora, and how these changes influenced young women and girls.

I hope to contribute to understandings of accessibility in education, especially in the developing world.

Some of my other interests include public speaking (I have been a member of Toastmasters International since 2009), visual arts, travel, and learning languages.


Lachapelle, Sofie, and Heena Mistry. "From the Waters of the Empire to the Tanks of Paris: The Creation and Early Years of the Aquarium Tropical, Palais de la Porte Dorée." Journal of the History of Biology (2013): 1-27.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000