"The History Department at SFU was extremely forthcoming about their interest in my research, and they made me feel extremely welcome even before I had decided to make the decision to come to SFU. It was this excitement and warmth which made my decision for me."

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Student Profile: Shehroze Ahmed Shaikh

March 28, 2022
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History master's student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Shehroze Ahmed is a native of Karachi, Pakistan. As a historian, his interests span the histories of religion, trade, and resistance across the Indian Ocean region. He is also an aspiring public historian, having worked with the Sindh Police Museum in Karachi and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre to develop exhibits and research guides. He loves to teach, write about visual culture, and tweet about obscure Bollywood films and cricket.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

The History Department at SFU was extremely forthcoming about their interest in my research, and they made me feel extremely welcome even before I had decided to make the decision to come to SFU. It was this excitement and warmth which made my decision for me.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

My research examines the surveillance of religious and economic exchange between British India and Ottoman Iraq during the First World War.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

The flexibility that the program offers despite it's full-time nature is something that has been a pleasant surprise for me. The process of making course outlines for courses is collaborative, and that allows me to explore my specific interests in detail.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

William F. and Ruth Baldwin Graduate Scholarship in History. The Baldwin scholarship has been a great support to me in my graduate studies, and the financial safety net that comes from it has allowed me to dedicate more time and energy to my coursework, teaching, and research.

 

Contact : sas37@sfu.ca

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