I obtained my PhD in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Prior to joining the University of Guelph, I taught at York University, Toronto, Canada.
My research is located within the broad field of gender and development, focusing on gender-based discrimination and violence including young people’s experiences of them. I recently completed research on the consequences of daughter deficit in India, and son preference and daughter aversion among Canadian Punjabis.
Current areas of research include: The Social Sciences Humanities Research Canada (SSHRC)-funded four year research on young people's pathways into farming in Canada, China, India and Indonesia; and relative contributions of daughters and sons to their elderly parents' well-being. Another emerging research is related to engaging men in preventing sexual violence in particular on university campuses.
I am interested in supervising prospective MA/PhD students who would like to work on a topic related to the above areas. Also, students who are interested in undertaking research in India, about the Indian diaspora or more broadly gender issues are welcome to contact me. Some funding may be available for field research in the above mentioned areas.