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Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra

Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra

Coordinator: South Asian Studies Institute

Abbotsford campus, F131

Phone: (604) 851-6325

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Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra is the Coordinator at the South Asian Studies Institute and also co-curates exhibits at the Sikh Heritage Museum, located in the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford, BC. Sharn is interested in looking at the affective experience of early Sikh migration in 20th century British Columbia. Sharn has a great passion for activist work and engagement in the community through academia and museum exhibits.


Master of Arts, Department of Asian Studies at UBC
PhD Candidate, Department of History at UBC

Research Interests

  • Sikh migration experience in BC
  • South Asian Diaspora(s)
  • Museology
  • Decolonization
  • History of emotions
  • Affect
  • Social justice/anti racist/advocacy work


Bains, Satwinder Kaur, and Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra. "The body politics of gender in Sikhi: shaping, shifting and pushing boundaries." South Asian Diaspora (2021): 1-17.

Sandhra, S. Canadian Sikh Heritage Pioneer Interviews. Online website: 2007-ongoing.

Sandhra, S. Guru Nanak’s Philosophy and Science Understanding Sikhism, The Research Journal. January-December, 2012 Vol.14, No. 1-2:  

Jauhal, P. and Sandhra, S. A Soldier Remembers: Lieutenant Colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal, A Memoir. Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, University of the Fraser Valley. November 2013.

Sandhra, S., Bains, S., Koehn, S. & Addison, M. “Promoting mental health of immigrant seniors in community.” Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care. 7(3), 146-156. 2014.

Sandhra, S., and Bains, Satwinder. Sustaining echoes of the past - building a future: 100 years of Indo-Canadian history. Abbotsford: From Village to City: Centers of Innovation and Excellence. 2015.

Sandhra, S. Book Review, The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada’s Colour Bar. BC Studies, no. 190, pgs.156-57. 2016.

Sandhra, S. Book Review, Not Fit to Stay: Public Health Panics and South Asian Exclusion. The Ormsby Review. [Forthcoming, 2017].

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