Department of Political Science


Dr Kavita Maya

Associate 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 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, where she wrote her thesis on the racialised discourse of the Goddess spirituality movement in Britain from the 1970s to the present, through the lens of antiracist, decolonial and feminist poststructuralist theory. 

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

Teaching summary

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

She teaches on the core postgraduate modules Qualitative Methods: Using Texts, Transcripts and Images (PUBL0085) and Interviews, Observations and Mixed Methods (PUBL0010), drawing on feminist and decolonial critical pedagogies in her reflective teaching practice.

She supervises Master’s 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).