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Sera Mathew, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Community Engagement

Sera Mathew, Ph.D.

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Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy — Education, West Virginia University
    Dissertation: Resistance, Agency and Violence: Dalit Women's Education in Kerala, India
    Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, West Virginia University
  • Master of Public Health, West Virginia University
    Graduate Certificate in Women's Health
  • Bachelor of Science, Mumbai University

Courses Taught

  • Qualitative Methods I, II
  • Policy, Advocacy and Social Change
  • Dissertation Seminar

Background 

Sera Mathew's scholarship and advocacy focus on understanding and documenting the community needs of historically marginalized communities as a step towards positioning them for greater policy inclusion.

Her doctoral research explored how Dalit women navigate development in Kerala, India by specifically focusing on their educational narratives. It highlighted the gendered subjectivities and vulnerabilities that Dalit women navigate through resistance, agency and power. Thus, by offering a contextualized place-based study of Dalit lives in Kerala, her research argues that the discourses and practices of development in Kerala have failed to attend to Dalit needs.

Prior to teaching at Point Park University, Mathew worked as a project coordinator at the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services where she was involved in statewide campus and community activism against gender-based violence. 

Thus, she seeks to mobilize and organize for a woman's right to quality education and freedom from violence at both the local and global scales.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Gender-based violence
  • Social justice movements
  • Qualitative methodologies