Anureet Lotay

Anureet Lotay

PhD candidate


Lisa M. Mitchell


Inequality, culture and health

Under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Mitchell, my doctoral research project aims to shed light on the experiences of involuntary pregnancy loss among Indo-Canadian individuals and families. Using ethnographic methodology, I seek to understand the role of cultural and health beliefs, familial and transnational kin networks, gender differences, and experiences with Canadian healthcare and therapeutics in the management of pregnancy loss among Indian people in Canada.


After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English (2013) from the University of Manitoba, I went on to complete a SSHRC-funded MA (2016) under the advisement of Dr. Stacie Burke at the University of Manitoba. I conducted an ethnographic study on narratives of psychological distress by post-secondary students on an anonymous social media application, based on theories of stigma and online self-disclosure. Stigma and secrecy figure in pregnancy loss as they do in mental health and I believe that research on these topics can help demystify and destigmatize them, thereby helping to improve access to healthcare for individuals and families. 


Research Interests: anthropology of health, body and reproduction; Indian diaspora; social media and online ethnography; psychological anthropology; person-centered ethnography; autoethnography.


Publications: Lotay, Anureet. "Commodifying Bodies: An Overview of the Bioethical Implications of Transnational Commercial Surrogacy." Journal of the University of Manitoba Anthropology Students' Association 33 (2016).