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 is primarily about 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. This project was awarded an AIIS (American Institute of Indian Studies) Junior Fellowship Award and an NAEd/Spencer (National Academy of Education) Dissertation Fellowship Award. Her work has been published in Anthropology and Education Quarterly and TESOL Quarterly.
Her post-doctoral work at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru (2016-18) focused on the emergence of middle-class feminisms in the context of expanding employment opportunities for women in science and technology. This project introduced her to the fields of STS (Science, Technology, and Society) and feminist labor studies. Her prior degree was in Media and Communication (EFLU, Hyderabad) and she has professional experience in the film and television industry. 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".