I am a qualitative sociologist. My research interests lie at the intersection of international migration; citizenship, transnationalism, gender and families; body and embodiment; race, religion, and ethnicity. I use ethnographic methods (interviews and participant observations) to understand immigrant lives and their experiences. I explore how immigrant's lives are shaped by immigration policies, labor practices, and gender, race, class, religion, and immigration status.
Independent Research Projects:
This qualitative research focuses on South Asian Pakistani and Indian immigrant women working in small businesses such as beauty salons. Based on in-depth interviews and participant observations, I examine how gender is produced and experienced within the informal ethnic beauty industry.
This ethnographic research study explores how Christian Indian American feel dually marginalized because of their race and presumed religious identity of being a Hindu. This study described how the ethnic and racial identity as an Indian American, intersects with presumed religious identity identified as 'oriental' and thus 'not American.'
Collaborative Research Projects:
The study explores how the reception of Syrian, Yazidi and Rohingya refugee families in the U.S. and Canada affects the readjustment and resettlement of the community as a whole. In my role as a Research Assistant, I focus on the reception of Syrian and Rohingya refugee families in the U.S.
Research Tools: NVivo, SPSS,