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Satwinder Kaur Bains

Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains

Director: SASI; Senior Faculty Associate

School of Culture, Media, and Society

Abbotsford campus, F115

Phone: 604 (854) 4547

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Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains is the Director of the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley and is an Associate Professor in Social Cultural Media Studies, College of Arts. Her current research interests include migration, settlement, and integration; cross-cultural education and curriculum implementation; race, racism, and ethnicity; identity politics; South Asian Canadian Diaspora studies, Punjabi cultural historiographies.


PhD (SFU), M.Ed. B.A.

Research Interests

South Asian Diaspora studies;
Sikhism and the politics of identity;
cultural historiographies;
migration, settlement and integration; 
race, racism and ethnicity;
minority rights and cultural politics.


Stirling Bryan PhD, Nitya Suryaprakash PhD, Richard Sawatzky PhD RN, Marilyn Mulldoon, Moira Le Mercier, David Moorthy MEd, Rajiv Gandhi MD, Satwinder Bains PhD, Linda Li PhD PT, Mimi Doyle-Waters MA ML, Sean Brown MD, Laurie Goldsmith PhD. (March 2020). A research agenda to improve patients’ experience of knee replacement surgery: a patient-oriented modified Delphi study of patients of South Asian origin in British Columbia. CMAJ Open 2020. DOI:10.9778/cmajo.20190128
Dandurand, Y., McCormick, A and Bains, S. (August, 2019). Developing Strategies on Violence Prevention and Community Safety in Abbotsford, BC. South Asian Research Fellowship Report. Abbotsford, BC: South Asian Studies Institute at UFV.
Bains, S. (Jan 2020). Exploring Gender and Sikh Traditions. Religions. Vol. 11 (1).
Bains, S. & Chung, T-I. (May, 2019). The Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project: possibilities and limitations of institutional heritagisation from below. International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol, 26, issue 3, p. 221-236. Routledge.
Dhamoon, R., Bhandar, D., Mawani, R., & Bains. S. (2019). (Editors). Unmooring the Komagata Maru: Charting Colonial Trajectories. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Bains, S. (2019). Resistance struggle: Facing lies, deception and racism. In Dhamoon, R., Bhandar, D., Mawani, R., & Bains. S. (Eds.), Unmooring the Komagata Maru: Charting Colonial Trajectories. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Bains, S. (2017). Journal Review. Recognition and Repentance in Canadian Multicultural Heritage: The Community Historical Recognition Program and Italian Canadian Memorializing. Journal of Canadian Studies: U of Toronto Press.
Bains, S. (2017). Publisher: Dhawan, R: That land beyond the Waves. Abbotsford, BC: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV.
Bains, S. (2016). Editor. Reluctant Rebellions: New and Selection Non-fiction Shauna Singh Baldwin. Abbotsford, BC: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV.
Bains, S. (2016). Journal Review. Acceptable to which Society? South Asian Immigrant Women’s Mothering Work in Canada. Elsevier: Women’s Studies International Forum.
Bains, S. (2016). Book Review. The Culture of Migration: Politics, Aesthetics and Histories. London: I.B. Tauris.
Bains, S. (2016). Book Review. Race and Racialization: Essential Readings. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
Bains, S. & Sandhra, S. (2015). Sustaining echoes of the past - building a future100 years of Indo-Canadian history. Abbotsford: from village to city; centres of innovation and excellence.  Abbotsford, BC: MSA Museum
Bains, S. (2014). Gendered experiences of isolation in intimate partner violence (IPV) for South Asian immigrant women in Canada. In Panda, U (Ed.), Gender Issues and Challenges in Twenty First Century. New Delhi: Satyam Law International.
Bains, S. (2014) Editor. Interpreting Ghadar: Echoes of Voices Past.  Selected Papers of Ghadar Conference 2013. Abbotsford, BC: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV.
Koehn, S., Jarvis, P., Sandhra, S., Bains, S., & Addison, M. (2014). Promoting mental health of immigrant seniors in communityEthnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care 7(3), 146-156.
Bains, S. & Price, J.  (2014) The Extraordinary Story of the Komagata Maru: Commemorating the One Hundred Year Challenge to Canada’s Immigration Colour Bar
The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 29, No. 1, July 21, 2014.
Bains, S. (2014). Living in Fear: Violence as a Societal ScourgeIn Jain, A. (Ed.).Violence Against Women All Pervading. Toronto: Elspeth Hayworth Center for Women.
Bains, S. (2013).  Editor. A Soldier Remembers: Memoir of Lt. Col. P.S. Jauhal. Sharanjit Sandhra with Col. Jauhal. Abbotsford BC: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV.
Bains, S. (2013). When Old Becomes New and the Telling in Re-told: Sikh Stories within Museum Walls. Ashley, S. (Ed.) Diverse Spaces: Examining Identity, Heritage and Community within Canadian Public Culture. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing p 170-187
Bains, S. (2013) South Asian Mothers with Special Needs Children. Sangha, J. & Gonsalves, T. (Eds.) South Asian Mothering: Negotiating Culture, Family and Selfhood. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press. P 101-110
Bains, S. (2013). Indo Canadian Diasporas and Scope for Harnessing Potentials. Ahmed, S. & Nanavati, A. (Eds.) India-Canada Trade and FDI Bilateral Flows: Performance, Prospects and Proactive Strategies". Baroda:  Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. P 19-30
Bains, S. (2013). Feminist Critique of Socio-religious Discourse. Understanding Sikhism: The Research Journal, Vol., 14. No. 1-2.  March 2013 p. 27 – 30
Bains, S. 2003. Canadian Literature #188. Review: Of Silk Saris and Min-Skirts: South Asian Girls Walk the Tightrope of Culture by Amita Handa. Toronto: Women’s Press.
Dhari, R., Patel, I., Fryer, M., Dhari, M., Bilku, S., Bains, S. (1997). Creating a supportive environment for Indo-Canadian women. Canadian Nurse 93(3). P. 27-31.
Bains, S.2007. Indo Canadian Youth – Speak Up Consultation Report. Abbotsford, BC: CICS.
Bains, S. & Sangha, S2008. Child, Family and Community Services Act – Impact on South Asian Families. Province of BC: Social Policy Studies.
Bains, S. 2009. Indo Canadian Child Protection Issues: A consultative study. Abbotsford: BC Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Bains, S. 2009. Indo Canadian Seniors: Recreation and Services to Combat Isolation. Abbotsford: City of Abbotsford.  
Jarvis, P., Koehn, S., Bains, S., Cheema, J., Goudiraan, D., & Addison, M. (2011). "Just scratching the surface": Mental health promotion for Punjabi seniors (forums)--final report. Vancouver, BC: Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence Health Care (CHAP). Available at: [10/12, 2011].
Bains, S. Evaluation Abbotsford Building Connections Project. Abbotsford BC. Dec 2013.
Bains, S. (2014). A national Historic Site of Canada – The Gur Sikh Temple, Abbotsford. In 1914-2014 Komagatamaru Centennial Souvenir. Vancouver BC: Komagata Maru Foundation.
Bains, S. (June 2014). Indo Canadians: No need to be hyphenated.
Bains, S. (Aug 2014). (Co-Contributor) Abbotsford Building Connections Report:
Bains, S. (May, 2014). Komagata Maru 100 years later. The Indian
Bains, S. (May, 2015). Review of the Punjabi Program, Dasmesh Punjabi School, Abbotsford, BC.
Bains, S. Sandhra, S. (2017). Race, racism and anti-racism conversations at UFV. UFV: Race and Anti-Racism Network.
Article Reviews
Bains, S. (March 2020). The Sikh gender construction and use of agency in Spain. Religions.
Bains, S. (March 2020). Barriers and Facilitators to Pap-testing among Female Overseas Filipino Workers. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.

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