Research Interests: Critical Childhood and Youth Studies, Anthropology of Childhoods and Young Adulthoods, Children and Police, Children and Technology, Gender, Kerala Studies
Mary Ann Chacko is an Assistant Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include critical childhood and youth studies, citizenship education, role of police in schools and gender issues in education. She has a doctorate in Curriculum Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.
Dr Chacko began her teaching career at Montfort Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, Tamil Nadu. She also worked as a Guest Lecturer in Siliguri BEd College, North Bengal University and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She joined Ahmedabad University in January 2018.
My research interests lie at the intersection of anthropology of state and schooling, citizenship pedagogies, and critical childhood studies. Using anthropological methodologies my current research examines a uniformed youth organization and the different collaborations, educational spaces, and pedagogical practices through which it trains young people to be ‘participatory citizens’ in contemporary India.
Courses developed and taught at Ahmedabad University
Schooling and Society (EDU 101)
This course examines how differences such as gender, caste, dis/ability and class become normalized in society, particularly through processes of schooling. Schooling in this course is understood as the social processes and interactions through which we teach and learn or are “schooled” into particular attitudes and perspectives on differences in society. A critical examination of the normalization of differences are considered crucial because of the ways in which these processes of normalization inscribe inequalities and injustices in society.
Interrogating Disability in Culture and Education (SPS 252)
This course adopts a disability studies perspective to critically examine the lived experiences of young people with disabilities, particularly their interactions within educational institutions. Apart from a scholarly and interdisciplinary engagement with the historical marginalization, disability rights movement, current debates, and lived experiences of persons with disabilities, students undertake field visits to educational institutions in Ahmedabad to learn about the schooling experiences of young people with disabilities.
Research Methods in Social and Political Sciences (SPS 201)
This broad and introductory course will familiarize students with how social and political scientists understand ‘reality’ and ‘knowledge’ and the tools they use to produce knowledge about the real world. This course will familiarize students with the philosophical underpinnings of social research and enable them to identify, compare and contrast different qualitative and quantitative research methods. While attending to quantitative approaches briefly, the major portion of this course will focus on qualitative research methods. As part of this course, students will be guided to design a research project which will prepare them for the course on qualitative field research and in turn to design and undertake research projects for their undergraduate thesis.
Foundations Programme (Democracy and Justice)
Democracy and Justice is one among four interdisciplinary and immersive 4-week thematic courses attended by all incoming undergraduate students in their first year at Ahmedabad University.