Kiran Sunar is a Liu Scholar, a guest doctoral fellow at the Max Weber Kolleg for Advanced Social and Cultural Studies, and a PhD student in the Department of Asian Studies working under the supervision of Dr. Anne Murphy. Kiran received her BA (Jt. Hons) from McGill University in Religious Studies and Gender Studies, and an MA from UBC in English Literature focusing on literary representations of diasporic Sikh masculinity in Gautam Malkani’s Londonstani and Ranj Dhaliwal’s Daaku. Her PhD project attends to questions of gender, sexuality, and the fantastical in South Asian literatures with a focus on Punjabi literature in the early modern period (16th to 18th century). Kiran also holds an interest in cinema studies and in questions of identity including the intersections of race, class, sexuality, religion, and gender.

On professional leave from January 2018 until September 2018.