Maia Barkaia holds an international Ph.D in Gender Studies from Tbilisi State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students at the Institute of Gender Studies, at Tbilisi State University. In 2010, she obtained her Master's degree in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Since 2011, she worked on various research projects in Georgia and India. Her research interests include: Social Movements and Gender, Student Activism, Subalternity and Gender, Waged and Unwaged work and Gender, Political ideologies and Gender.