Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai

Women's & Gender Studies

Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai

Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai
is a writer and Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Ruprai’s début poetry collection, Seva was shortlisted for the Stephen G. Stephansson Award for Poetry by the Alberta Literary Awards in 2015. As an interdisciplinary humanities scholar, her research and teaching interests include: indigenous and critical race feminism, religious and cultural studies and artistic practice. Currently, Ruprai is working on a collection of essays entitled Who You Calling a Kaur/Princess? By juxtaposing novels, plays, poetry collections, and films, the book explores issues such as religion, gender violence, and identity, within the specific context of the Canadian South Asian women’s experience.



2013    Doctorate of Philosophy Humanities – York University

2007    Master of Arts English – University of Calgary

2003    Bachelor of Arts English Honours – University of Winnipeg 

2000    Bachelor of Education – University of Winnipeg 

Teaching Schedule 2015-16

WGS-1232-001 Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies, FW 2015-16

WGS-1232-050 Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies, FW 2015-16

WGS-2260-050 Girls, Women, and Popular Culture, Winter 2016

Publications (selected)


Seva. Calgary, Frontenac House Ltd. 2014.



“We Do Not Speak of “These Things”: Defenses for Behzti (Dishonour) by Gurpreet Bhatti.” South Asian Review, 29.1 (2008): 115-130


Book Reviews

Review of In the Wake of Loss: Short Stories by Sheila James, The Fourth Canvas by Rana Bose and Her Mother’s Ashes 3: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States edited by Nurjehan Aziz. Canadian Literature: Prison Writing #208. Spring 2011 (pg.165 - 166) 

Review of Valley Sutra by Gill, Kuldip Gill, Enter the Chrysanthemum by Fiona Timwei Lam, Fish Bones by Gillian Sze and Reticent Bodies by Moez Surani. Canadian Literature: Mordecai Richler #207. Winter 2010, (pg. 141 - 142) 

Review of Shopping for Sabzi by Nitin Deckha and The Sherpa and Other Stories by Nila Gupta. Canadian Literature: Mordecai Richler #207. Winter 2010, (pg. 207 - 207)


Literary Journalism

Editor's Notes. Contemporary Verse 2 25.1 (2002) 5-8.

E-mail interview with Alice Major. Contemporary Verse 2 25.1 (2002): 27-29.

Interview with George Elliott Clarke. Contemporary Verse 2 24.2 (2001): 15-24. 

Interview with Gregory Scofield. Contemporary Verse 2 24.2 (2001): 42-48.


Publications in Anthologies

15 poems. Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women Poets. Eds. Rishma Dunlop and Priscila Uppal. Toronto: Mansfield Press, 2004. 97-111.

12 poems. Exposed. Ed. Catherine Hunter. Winnipeg: Muses' Company, 2002. 55-67.


Publications in Literary Journals

“Entanglement.” TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism: Issue #12 (online). October 2010.

“Gurdwara in Five Acts.” Canadian Literature: 50th Anniversary Interventions 204 (2010): 43.

"Balance" and "Doll." Poems. Race Poetry, Eh? Ed. Ashok Mathur. Special Issue of Prairie Fire 21.4 (2001) 99 - 100.


Creative Exhibitions

Sept. 2010      
“Archiving Sikh Women’s History through Film: Sikh Women in the Kitchen, an Experimental Film Narrative” Canadian Women Writers Conference: Connecting Texts and Generations. University of Alberta

Sept. 2009      
(Narrow Field of Vision): Experimental Film. Spinning Wheel Film Festival, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum


Awards & Distinctions (Selected)          

April 2015        
Seva Shortlisted for the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards: Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry

Sept. 2011      
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) York University $15000

April 2010        
Nominated for Graduate Student Teaching Award. Department of Humanities, York University


Conference Presentations (selected)

Jan. 2015        
Creative Writing Roundtable. South Asian Literary Association Conference. Vancouver, BC.

Nov. 2014      
“Transnational Feminism and Diasporic Sikh Identity” National Women's Studies Association 2014 conference: Feminist Transgressions. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Oct. 2014       
“Celebrating and Sharing Sikh Women’s Narratives.” Commemorating the Komagata Maru /Celebrating the Century an Academy – Community Symposium Mount Royal University Calgary, Alberta.

May 2014       
Reading the Real: A Convergence of Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry. Readers: Daniel Scott Tysdal, Sharanpal Ruprai, and Andrew Westoll. The Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs conference. University of British Columbia.

Jan. 2012        
“Gender Performance Anxiety: Sikh Men Wearing Dupattas and Sikh Women Donning Turbans.” South Asian Literary Association annual conference. Seattle, Washington.

Oct. 2011       
“Kuldip Gill’s Poetry as a Collective and Historical Memory Site.” Safar: Our Journeys Connecting: Our stories, vision & paths. First Sikh Feminist Research Conference. The Sikh Feminist Research Institute in partnership with Centre for Women’s Studies in Education. University of Toronto. Ontario.

Jan. 2011        
“A Punjabi Parable: Empowering Sikh Women’s Subjectivity
 in the film Heaven on Earth by Deepa Mehta.” South Asian Literary Association annual conference. Los Angeles, California.  

Oct. 2010        
“Fostering Hyphened Narratives in the Creative Writing Classroom.” Inaugural Creative Writers and Creative Writing Programs conference. University of Calgary. Alberta.

May 2009       
“Deliberate Misreadings: Narrative Hunger and the Possibilities of Genre.” Inaugural Carol Shields Symposium on Women’s Writing: Festival of Voices University of Winnipeg, Manitoba.