Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Arts
PhD (University of Chicago)
Research Interests: Urban transformations and the remaking of city spaces, Youth aspirations and Skill development discourses, Democracy and its vulnerabilities and the political thought of M. K. Gandhi
Professor Mona G. Mehta is Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Arts at the School of Arts and Sciences at Ahmedabad University. She is a political scientist with research interests in urban transformations, democracy and middle class politics in the context of Gujarat and India at large. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the cultural politics of urban transformations in post-liberalisation India. Her book will explore what we can learn about India’s urbanisation by examining the trajectories of pastoralists or maldharis, who have increasingly settled into urban spaces, and their strategies to navigate the precarious urban informal economy. Her previous work explored the vulnerability and complicity of democratic and civic spaces in the production of exclusionary politics. She is also interested in the valuable insights that can be gained about complex social phenomena through the use of qualitative, especially interpretive and ethnographic research methods, in the social sciences.
Professor Mehta has previously taught in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Scripps College in Claremont, USA (2010-2012) and in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (2012-2020). She has authored several scholarly articles and book chapters pertaining to her research interests. Her academic writings have been published in journals such as Economic and Political Weekly, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Contemporary South Asia and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.