South Asian Diaspora in East Africa
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.