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Dr. Disha Maheshwari

Dr. Disha Maheshwari

Assistant Professor, Education


Dr. Disha Maheshwari has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Delhi. She was a Commonwealth Scholar at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick. Her area of interest are Gender and Education, Discourse and Identity and Higher Education Pedagogy. At Sharda University she teaches courses on Gender Studies, Communication, Research Methodology in Education (Qualitative). She has presented her research work in Cambridge, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Warwick, Oslo (Virtual), Tamilnadu.

She worked as a research assistant on the project ‘ELT Survey of India from February 2016-May 2016, with Dr Richard Smith, University of Warwick, UK (Principal researcher and Reader at Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick) funded by the British Council. She also worked as a project associate on the project ‘Children and teachers as co-researchers: Exploring young learner classrooms in India with Professor Rama Mathew (Principal Researcher and Professor at Faculty of Education, University of Delhi), funded by the R and D Project Grant, University of Delhi, Delhi (2013-2014). Other partners in this project were Dr Annamaria Pinter, University of Warwick, UK and Dr Richard Smith, University of Warwick, UK.

  • 2 years
  • PhD
  • M.Ed.
  • M.A English
  • B.A (Hons.) English
Award & Recognition

  • Commonwealth Scholar for Split Site PhD at University of Warwick


  • Co-author of patent titled ‘A Method of Patterning and Programming of Outdoor Education Centres in Urban Areas (Published)
  • Co-authored chapter titled ‘Subversive Humour in Education Contexts in India, Malaysia and Vietnam in Humour in Azione (Humour in Action: Education topics in cultural contexts) edited by Liva Cadei, published by Mimesis: Milan, Italy in 2016
  • Maheshwari, D. (2019). Discourses of victimhood and agency: A case study of a teenage Indian girl negotiating her identity in a gendered world. Asian Journal of Womens Studies 25 (2). 239-257.
  • Maheshwari, D. (2019). Negotiating adolescent identities: Case study of a teenage Indian girl. Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research. 6(2). 265-272.
  • Co-authored chapter titled ‘Psychological and socio-emotional impacts of the COID-19 pandemic on school children in Redefining Teacher Education and Teacher Preparation Programs in the Post COVID-19 Era (2021). edited by Bull and Patterson, published by IGI Global


  • Advanced Certificate in Gender Studies from WSDC, DU

Area of Interest

  • Gender and Education
  • Discourse and Identity, Communication