Maia Barkaia

Education: International Ph.D. in Gender Studies, Tbilisi State University; M.A. in Modern Indian History, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Position: Invited Lecturer, Institute for Gender Studies, Tbilisi State University; Researcher, Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre (EMC).

Research Interests: Time, Labor and Gender; Social Movements; Political Ideologies and Gender; Informality, Gender and Migration; Postcolonial and Decolonial Feminisms.

Languages: Georgian, English, Hindi, Russian.

City: Tbilisi

Email:  m.barkaia(at)


Maia Barkaia holds an international Ph.D in Gender Studies from Tbilisi State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the Institute for Gender Studies at Tbilisi State University. She also works at the Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre (EMC). Her dissertation focuses on student activism, mobilization strategies and the ways feminist perspectives and gender are articulated overtly and tacitly in this activism. She has worked on various research projects in Georgia and India.

Latest Publications:

2017- forthcoming- “The Country of the Happiest Women?”- Gender and Ideology in Soviet Georgia. In A.Waterston & Barkaia, M. (eds), Gender in Georgia: Feminist Perspectives on Culture, Nation and History in the South Caucasus. Berghahn Books: New York.

2016 – “Radical Leisure and Division of Labor: Is There Life Beyond Necessity?: The Case of Undocumented Georgian Migrant Women in London.”