Mary Ann Chacko is an Assistant Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences. With a BA and MA in English Literature, her training in Education began with a BEd from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. She obtained her MA in Child Studies from Concordia University, Montreal, and Doctorate in Education (EdD) from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2017.
Her doctoral dissertation titled Learning to Govern: Student Police Cadets and the Making of Democratic Citizens in Kerala, India was a year-long multi-sited ethnography of a school-based citizenship training programme designed by the Kerala police force. This study examined the factors that enabled the institutionalisation of a school-police collaboration, and the ways in which the curriculum and pedagogical relations of the cadet programme constructed cadets as “citizens.” Her work addresses the role of utopic and dystopic visions of childhood, gendered bodies, and forms of capital in training children for citizenship.
Mary Ann began her career as a teacher in Montfort Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, Tamil Nadu. She also worked as a Guest Lecturer in Siliguri B.Ed College, North Bengal University and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She joined Ahmedabad University in January 2018. Her research interests include critical childhood studies, citizenship education, policing in schools and gender issues in education.