Zeba Kokan

Zeba is the proud granddaughter of the late Iqbal Unnisa and Sadiqa Begum, distinguished matriarchs from Tamil Nadu, India. 

She is pursuing her MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention & Policy Evaluation. Concurrently, she is a research coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s Research in Adolescent Depression Lab examining suicide risk and resilience in Native American young adults. 

She most recently lived in Sheet’ka (Sitka) in Southeast Alaska. There she served as a health and resilience guide at Mt. Edgecumbe High School where she worked with amazing high school students on promoting Indigenous youth mental health. 

Zeba is interested in research on survivorship, healing, and liberation in populations impacted by colonization, migration, and cancer. She is committed to the co-production of knowledge, community-engaged research, and mixed methods.

She graduated from Purdue University in 2021 with a B.S. in Brain & Behavioral Sciences and a B.A. in Global Studies. She is a 2020 Truman Scholar and was named Outstanding Senior at Purdue’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies.