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Kamal Arora

Dr. Kamal Arora

Co-Director : SASI

Abbotsford campus, F117

Phone: 604 (851) 6301

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Dr. Kamal Arora is Co-Director of the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley and a Sessional Instructor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. She holds a PhD in Anthropology as well as a graduate degree in Gender and Development. Dr. Arora has more than ten years of experience researching and teaching in the areas of anthropology and South Asia, and brings a strong gendered focus to all her work. Dr. Arora has also worked extensively in the non-profit community health sector. Her research has been published in Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory as well as other publications. An activist at heart with a passion for social justice, Dr. Arora frequently guest lectures on issues related to gender, feminisms, feminist anthropology, race, South Asia, and South Asian diasporas.


PhD (University of British Columbia), M.A. (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex), B.A. (Simon Fraser University).

Research Interests

Anthropology of Violence
Diversity in Education
Feminist Anthropology & Ethnography
Gender Studies
Qualitative Research Methods
Public Health
Race, Racism and Ethnicity
Sikhism and Sikh identity-making
South Asia and South Asian diasporas


Book Chapters

2013 Arora, Kamal and Sophie Voegele. “Questioning assumptions of universally applicable social theories: Considerations on women’s empowerment in India”. Indian Women: Issues and Perspectives. Eds: Kumar, Manoj and Ranjhay Vardhan. Delhi: Indian Publishers Distributors. 68 – 92.

Edited Volumes

2013 Arora, Kamal, Gul, Duygu and Michael Nijhawan. “Special Issue: Violence, Memory, and the Dynamics of Transnational Youth Formations.” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory. 9(3). Journal Articles

2013 Arora, Kamal, Gul, Duygu and Michael Nijhawan. “Memory, Violence and Transnational Youth Formations.” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory. 9(3) 269-277.

2013 Nijhawan, Michael and Kamal Arora. “‘Lullabies for Broken Children’: Diasporic Citizenship and the Dissenting Voices of Young Sikhs in Canada.” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory. 9(3) 299-321.

2009 Haines, R.J., Johnson, J.L., Carter, C.I., Arora, K. "I could't say, I'm not a girl" -Adolescents Talk about Gender and Marijuana Use.” Social Science & Medicine. 68(11) 2029-2036.

Other Media Publications and Media Coverage

2017. Hundal, Sunny. Justice: After 17 years, the family of Canadian woman Jassi Sidhu will go on trial for her horrific murder. Available at: September 8, 2017.

2017. Singh, Gurpreet. Panel at UBC raises eerie parallels between anti-Sikh and anti-Muslim violence in India. Georgia Straight. Available at: August 26, 2017.

2014. Arora, Kamal. “The ‘Widow Colony’ in Delhi: Female Bodies as Vessels of Remembrance.” Archipelago Podcast. Available at: June 1, 2014.

2014. Arora, Kamal. Review: Becoming Men in a Modern City: Masculinity, Migration and Globalization in North India by Harjant Gill. Dissertation Reviews. January 9, 2014.

2013. McCarthy, Julie. NPR. One Billion Rising: Campaigns to End Violence Against Women. Available at: 13, 2013.

2012. Arora, Kamal. Wisconsin shooting: Tragic extension of everyday hate experienced by Sikhs in North America. Available at: August 10, 2012.

2011. Kaurista. Safar: Our Journeys. Available at: September 29, 2011.

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