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S. Arokia Mary


PhD student

Arokia is currently a full time PhD student at the Department of Education Studies, University of Warwick. She is a fully funded ESRC doctoral student. Through her study she aims to unpack gendered processes of doctoral socialisation in the politically contested context of Kashmir. Arokia recently completed an empirical(diary) study exploring academic socialisation of doctoral students in India. Her previous empirical studies document higher education experiences of Transgender students in India and implementation of sexual harassment law in higher education institutions.

Arokia has over five years of university teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level students in Kashmir and India. She has an extensive teaching experience of teaching in-service and pre-service teachers and teacher educators.



B.A.B. Ed, English Literature and Teacher Education, Pondicherry University, India.

M.A., English and Comparative Literature, Pondicherry University, India.

M.Ed., Teacher Education, Pondicherry University, India.

M. Phil, Education, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, India.

M.A., Social Science Research, University of Warwick.


Tamil, Hindi, English, and French (Beginner)

Research Areas

Academic socialisation, Doctoral Education, Higher Education, Gender, Kashmir, and India.

Research Projects

2022- Present: Research Assistant in Widening Access to Higher Education in India: Institutional Approaches


Belliappa, J. and Mary, S.A., 2024. Implementing the sexual harassment law within higher education: A qualitative enquiry. In India Higher Education Report 2022 (pp. 281-298). Routledge India.

Mary, S.A., 2023. Structural Marginalisation of Transgender Students in Higher Education Institutions of India. In Marginality in India (pp. 110-126). Routledge India.

Mary, S. A., 2019. Transgender Community in India: A Review of MSJE Report and Recommendations in Women, Gender and Justice, Issues and Perspectives, Edited by Anil Kumar, Pragati Publications, New Delhi, 25-36.

Conference Presentations

Presented the paper “To be or not to be? Conference Participation Post- Acceptance; Reflexive Narratives from Kashmir” in panel “STS Alter-ed: The Production of Otherness in Technoscientific Enactments” at the 2021 Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, October 6-9.

Presented a paper ‘Reflexive Contextualization of Teacher and the Content’ in One Day National Seminar on Changing Roles of Teacher in the Present Scenario at School of Education, Central University of Kashmir on 09/09/2021

Presented a paper titled ‘Gender Identity and Primary School Teaching: A Study of Male Primary Teachers’ at Comparative Education Society of India 2017 Conference on Criticality, Empathy and Change organised by University of Jammu, 16th to 18th November 2017.

Presented a paper titled ‘Accessing Higher Education Being Trans; Educational Experiences and the Interplay of Links with Community and Family’ at Graduate Seminar on Education, Change and Continuity organised by ZHCES, JNU, New Delhi, 27 and 28 February 2017.