Department of Political Science


Dr Kavita Maya

Lecturer (Teaching)

Dept of Political Science

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2018

Research summary

Kavita's interdisciplinary research interests weave together antiracist feminist politics, the sociology of race, gender, religion and spirituality, inequalities and power relations in everyday life, and activist as well as creative modes of scholarship.

She obtained her doctorate from SOAS University of London. Her thesis, entitled 'Feminist Arachnopolitics', was based on critical ethnography in the UK and analysed how coloniality and racialisation are central to the discourse of the Goddess spirituality movement.

Her writing projects include developing a book proposal based on her PhD research.

Teaching summary

Kavita is a Lecturer (Teaching) in Qualitative Research Methods in the Department of Political Science. 

She co-convenes the core postgraduate module Qualitative Methods: Texts and Images (PUBL0085), and is also part of the teaching team for Interviews, Observations and Mixed Methods (PUBL0010). Her teaching methods draw on feminist and decolonial critical pedagogies.

She is a guest lecturer for the BASc modules Race, Gender and Feminism (BASC0042) and Critical Race Theory (BASC0032).

Kavita supervises undergraduate and MA/MSc dissertations on topics affiliated to her areas of teaching and research expertise. Her specialisms include interpretivist and poststructuralist methodologies, social movements and inequalities, society, culture and representation, the politics of gender, race and postcolonialism, and feminist research methods.

Prior to UCL, she taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at SOAS taking modules on gender and migration, philosophical hermeneutics and critical theory. She also taught one-to-one tutorials on academic writing. 


Dr Kavita Maya holds a PhD in Religions and Philosophies from SOAS University of London, and an MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is a member of the Feminist Review Editorial Collective.