Research Interests: Liberalization and aspiration, mothering, youth, gender, migration, techno-science
Leya Mathew is an Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences division of the School of Arts and Sciences at Ahmedabad University. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the socio-cultural transitions that have accompanied economic liberalization in India. Her dissertation examined non-elite private English schooling as a socio-political expression of aspiration in a new consumer society. Her post-doctoral work at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, focused on the emergence of middle-class feminisms in the context of expanding employment opportunities for women in science and technology. She is a founder member of Penn camra at the University of Pennsylvania, an interdisciplinary collective of researchers and educators committed to multimodality in knowledge production. At Ahmedabad University, she is interested in examining the transformations emerging in higher education in India, both in terms of provision and consumption, as well as the production of new pedagogic imaginations and practices around concepts like "inter-disciplinarity".
The project Pedagogies of Aspiration: Mothering, Education Reforms, and English in Liberalizing India examined how the socio-cultural transformations accompanying economic liberalization radically unsettled enduring social worlds to interrupt pathways of social reproduction and avenues of social mobility. Mathew's research details the implications of this transformation for mothering practices and English education. This project was awarded an AIIS (American Institute of Indian Studies) Junior Fellowship Award and an NAEd/Spencer (National Academy of Education) Dissertation Fellowship. Mathew's current project examines how consumption-inflected gender performances affects higher education in science in India. This project is supported by an NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF EDUCATION/SPENCER FOUNDATION, 2019-21
Postdoctoral Fellowship USD 70000
SPENCER FOUNDATION, 2019-20
Conference Grant for Advancing Education Research USD 49868 with Mary Ann Chacko, Karishma Desai, R. Maithreyi, and Vidya Subramanian
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF EDUCATION/SPENCER FELLOWSHIP, 2015-16
Dissertation Writing Fellowship USD 27500
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN STUDIES, 2014
Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship INR 539000