M.Phil; Ph.D.; MEd
College of Arts
Dr. Archna Sahni was born in India and educated in Kuala Lumpur, Chandigarh, Mumbai, and Toronto. She made Toronto her home in 1992. Dr. Sahni is currently Sessional Faculty at University of the Fraser Valley, Chandigarh. She holds an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) and a PhD in English Literature from Panjab University, and an MEd in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of the Fraser Valley, she was teaching at Humber College, Toronto.
Archna is also a poet. Archna’s debut collection of poems, First Fire (Yeti, 2005), has received the praise of renowned writers such as Vilas Sarang and K.Satchidanandan (Nobel Prize for Literature nominee). Her second book of poems Another Nirvana is forthcoming in May 2018 by Mawenzi (Toronto). She is the recipient of the inaugural Agha Shahid Ali Prize for Poetry, and received Honourable Mention for E.J. Pratt Medal and Poetry Prize. Archna has published widely in literary journals and anthologies, and has been invited to read her work at organizations such as Art Bar (Toronto), Sahitya Akademi (Delhi), Cappuccino Readings (Mumbai), and most recently, at the Chandigarh International Literary Festival 2017. Archna is currently working on a manuscript of poems that explores her relationship to aboriginal Canada.
Dr. Sahni’s teaching and research interests include cultural studies, world literature, postcolonial literature, the Gothic novel, women in the Mahabharata, aspects of South Asian society and culture, and education, and she has published and presented papers on the same. She is currently looking into the area of contemporary Tibetan poetry in English. At the University of the Fraser Valley she has taught Introduction to Literature (ENGL 108), Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101), and Gender and Diversity Issues (BUS 407).