Shalika Sivathasan holds an MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture, and Theory (2014) from King's College London in the UK. She completed her BA with High Distinction in 2013 at the University of Toronto St. George, majoring in History and with minors in English and Political Science. Her research interests include the intersections of concepts of home, culture, and identity throughout colonial, postcolonial, and diasporic texts. Shalika's Master's dissertation focused on representations of trauma, and their implications for Human Rights discourse, through the works of Joy Kogawa and Michael Ondaatje. Shalika joined the MLC with the desire to further develop her research skills and to explore current scholarship within the fields of Canadian literary and cultural production.