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Dr Kavita Maya
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Dept of Political Science
  • Faculty of S&HS

Dr Kavita Maya holds a PhD in Religions and Philosophies from SOAS University of London, and an MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Research Summary

Kavita's interdisciplinary research interests weave together antiracist feminist politics, the sociology of race, gender, religion and spirituality, inequalities and power relations in everyday life, and activist as well as creative modes of scholarship.

She obtained her doctorate from SOAS University of London. Her thesis, entitled 'Feminist Arachnopolitics', was based on critical ethnography in the UK and analysed how coloniality and racialisation are central to the discourse of the Goddess spirituality movement.

Her writing projects include developing a book proposal based on her PhD research.

Teaching Summary

Kavita is a Lecturer (Teaching) in Qualitative Research Methods in the Department of Political Science. 

She teaches on the core postgraduate modules Qualitative Methods: Using Texts, Transcripts and Images (PUBL0085) and Interviews, Observations and Mixed Methods (PUBL0010), drawing on feminist and decolonial critical pedagogies in her reflective teaching practice.

She currently also teaches on the undergraduate module Religion and Politics (POLS0074) and is a guest lecturer on the BASc modules Race, Gender and Feminism (BASC0042) and Critical Race Theory (BASC0032).

Kavita supervises undergraduate and taught postgraduate dissertations on topics affiliated to her areas of teaching and research expertise. Her specialisms include interpretivist and poststructuralist methodologies; social movements and inequalities; society, culture and representation; the politics of gender, race and postcolonialism; and feminist research methods.

Prior to UCL, she taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at SOAS taking modules on gender and migration, philosophical hermeneutics and critical theory. She also taught one-to-one tutorials on academic writing. 

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