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 pregnancy loss among Punjabi Canadian individuals and families. Using ethnographic methodology, I seek to understand the impact of migration and diasporic lifeways on the health and reproductive lives of Punjabi-Canadians who must negotiate belonging within the Indian community, and within wider Canadian society, in their practices around reproduction, gender, family, and media.  

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 and support for individuals and families. 

I have also carried out a number of community-based research projects in Victoria, BC, and provide workshops and training on anti-oppression, career planning and job skills, social media, reproductive justice, and cultural competency in the community. 

Research Interests: anthropology of health, body and reproduction; migration and diasporas; South Asian studies; social media and online social networking; online ethnography and digital methods.