Dr. Shahina Parvin

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Opioid Crisis: History, Science, Regulation
Department of Sociology
M.A. in Sociology and Ph.D. in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
MSS and BSS in Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Office: Clark Hall 019-1
Email: parvins@brandonu.ca
(1) Mental Health and intersectionality, with a focus on racialized immigrant women’s mental health and challenges in Canada; (2) Reproductive Health and Justice and a critical examination of Norplant and coercive population reduction programs; the commercialization of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) in Bangladesh and childbirth practices in Bangladesh; and (3) Disability Studies that incorporate critical and postcolonial theory
Medical Anthropology/Sociology
Psychological Anthropology
Qualitative Research Methods/Ethnography
Body: Gender, ‘Race’, Disability, Representations, and Politics
South Asian Society and History

Parvin’s research interests focus on questions of gender, race, disability, health, biomedicine, and power. In her Ph.D. dissertation, she explored stories of racialized immigrant women’s use of mental health services in Lethbridge, Alberta, and analyzed their narratives within a broader discussion of gender, race, imperialism, medicalization, and psychiatrization.

Drawing from ethnographic methods, Pervin’s MSS (Master of Social Science) in Anthropology research explored Norplant users’ experiences of using the controversial five-year-long provider-dependent contraceptive. This research has received local and global attention.