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
Mona G. Mehta will be joining the School of Arts and Sciences as an Associate Professor in December 2020. Her research interests include 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. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2010.
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 is the co-editor of Gujarat Beyond Gandhi: Identity, Conflict and Society (Routledge 2010) and has authored 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. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines youth aspirations and urban transformations in post-liberalisation India.
At Ahmedabad University, Professor Mehta will be teaching courses across her areas of research interest, and developing a PhD programme in the Humanities and Social Sciences.