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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Arshia U. Zaidi

Associate Professor

Criminology and Justice

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 327
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 3443


Dr. Arshia U. Zaidi received her Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Windsor in Ontario and her PhD in Sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to working at Ontario Tech University, she had various teaching appointments in Research Methods and Data Analysis at the University of Windsor and Wayne State University. In addition, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Social Justice at the University of Windsor, where she began her journey researching generational issues among South Asians.


  • MA, Sociology University of Windsor
  • PhD, Sociology Wayne State University
  • BA (Hon), Psychology University of Windsor
  • BSc, General University of Windsor

Courses taught


  • Data Analysis 1 (2910)
  • Advanced Data Analysis 2 (3910)
  • Integrating Projects (4099)
  • Sociological Theories of Criminology (2810)
  • Honours Thesis


  • Advanced Data Analysis 1 Graduate (5010)
  • Advanced Multivariate Data Analysis 2 Graduate (5030)
  • Graduate supervision for MA/PhD and major papers

Research and expertise

Research background and interests:

  • intimate partner violence survivors (IPV)
  • issues of immigration, assimilation, acculturation
  • race, gender, sexuality and family generational issues
  • survivors of elderly abuse
  • power of information communication technology/social media in IPV and immigrant youth
  • methodological issues in the field (insider/outsider; community partnerships)

Research supervision areas:

  • intimate partner violence in immigrant families
  • quantitative/qualitative methodologies
  • race, gender, sexuality, family and culture
  • socio-cultural issues of immigration
  • survivors of elderly abuse
  • information communication technology social media/technology usage
  • generational issues
  • REH’MA Community Services Funding Program: Empowered Seniors Transform Communities. Understanding and Identifying the Conditions of the Elderly and their Care Takers in South Asian Families in Canada: An Exploratory Study. Arshia U. Zaidi and Nawal Ammar (collaborators).
    • August 2013, $50,000
  • Internal SSHRC Grant. Challenging Tradition: An Exploratory Study of Experiences of Canadian Muslim Homosexual (CMH) Youth who ‘Come Out of the Closet’Arshia U. Zaidi (Principal Investigator).
    • August 2013, $2,300
  • Community Partnership Grant by SSHRC. Community Partnership Grant Understanding the Missing Link of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Immigrant Racialized Women in Ontario through Community Research Partnership. Arshia U. Zaidi (Principal Investigator) with Nawal Ammar and Shanti Fernando.
    • 2012 to 2014, $80,000
  • Internal SSHRC The Canadian Immigrant Experience: An Exploratory Assessment of Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Social Integration in the Durham Region. Aziz Douai (Principal Investigator) and Arshia Zaidi (Co-investigator).
    • 2012 to 2013, $4,500
  • Internal SSHRC. Speaking Out: An Exploratory Study of Cross-Cultural Challenges, Occurrences and Experiences of Elderly South Asian Immigrants Residing in Canada. Arshia U. Zaidi (Principal Investigator) with Shahid Alvi.
    • 2011 to 2012, $2,000
  • Internal SSHRC. Intersectionalities of Acculturative Stress, Substance Use, and Psycho-Social Well Being amongst Young South Asians. Arshia U. Zaidi (Principal Investigator).
    • 2010 to 2012, $1,500
  • Standard SSHRC GrantHeritage vs. Host Country? South Asian Youth’s Perceptions of Scripting Cross-Gender Relationships, Ethnic Identity, and Intergenerational Imbalances in CanadaE. Maticka-Tyndale (Principal Investigator) and Arshia U. Zaidi (Co-investigator).
    • 2008 to 2012, $72,000

Grants under review (2013 to 2014):

  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. The Canadian Immigrant Experience An Exploratory Assessment of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Social Integration in Southern OntarioAziz Douai (Principal Investigator) and Arshia Zaidi (Co-investigator).
    • October 2013, $80,000

Teaching awards at Ontario Tech University:

  • September 2012 - Nominated for Ontario Tech Teaching Faculty Award
  • December 2011 - Recipient of FSSH Teaching Faculty Award


  • Recent publications

    Alvi, S., & Zaidi, A. U. (2017). Invisible Voices: An Intersectional Exploration of Quality of Life for Elderly South Asian Immigrant Women in a Canadian Sample. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 1-24.

    Mustafa, N., Zaidi, A. U., & Weaver, R. R. (2017). Conspiracy of silence: cultural conflict as a risk factor for the development of eating disorders among second-generation Canadian South Asian women. South Asian Diaspora, 9(1), 33-49.

    Ammar, N. & Zaidi, Arshia (editors: Special Edition). Violence against Immigrant, Women: Global Perspective. Arts and Social Science Journal, S1.

    Zaidi, Arshia U. (2016). Arranged Marriages in Naples, N, Hoogland, R.C. Wickraamasinghe, Wong, W.C. (Eds.). The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality.

    Ammar, N. H. & Zaidi, a. (2015) Elderly abuse: An exploratory study of elderly members of the South Asian Community in the Greater Toronto Area. Arts and Social Sciences Journal.

    Zaidi, A.U., Couture-Carron, A. & Maticka-Tyndale, E. (2014) volume 46 (2) Ethnic Identity, Religion, and Gender: An Exploration of Intersecting Identities Creating Diverse Perceptions and Experiences with Intimate Cross-Gender Relationships Amongst South Asian Youth in Canada in special issue: ethnic identity formation and migrant mobilities in canada numéro spécial: identité ethnique et mobilités migrantes au canada 

  • Recent conference presentations

    2017 November Should IPV Agencies in Canada be better equipped with Mental Health Experts and Counselling? Philadelphia, PA (Zaidi/Ammar/Couture-Carron)-Abstract accepted for roundtable discussion.

    “911-Please State Your Emergency”: (Ammar & Zaidi) An Exploration of How Immigrant Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Survivors Reach Out and Experience Police Services in Canada-Accepted and Presenting November 2016.

    Challenging Tradition: An Exploratory Study of Experiences of Canadian Muslim Homosexual (CMH) Youth who “Come Out of the Closet,” presented June 24 to 25 at conference at Brescia University College in London, Ontario.

    June 2015. Qualitative Analysis Conference at Brescia University College from June 25 to 27, Zaidi, A.U. Challenging Traditions: An Exploratory Study on Muslim Homosexuality.

    2014 American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (November), Ammar, N., Zaidi, A.U. Methodological challenges in doing collaborative-research “community partnership” advocacy research on intimate partner violence survivors in Canada.