Maya Bhave Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Anthropology



Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., Gordon College

Areas of Expertise

Gender and Immigration, Informal economies, East African migration, Ethiopian female immigrants, Work/life/family balance, Motherhood and Child loss, Gender identity in sport

Courses I Teach

Current: Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.

Past: Social Problems, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory


My most recent academic work is a book, War and Cleats: Women in Soccer in the United States (2019). This three-year qualitative study is an expansion of previously published work on gender identity and experience amongst 56 middle and high school female soccer players in New England. This latest book includes analyses from those previous interviews, and couples them with more recent interview data from 24 collegiate female players as well as 16 Division I, II and III female coaches. This in-depth analysis of gender and soccer explores what it means to be called a “female athlete” in the male-dominated world of soccer. I reveal how gender, social capital, social networks and institutional structures shape their everyday lived experiences and subsequent identities in unique and unexpected ways.

Currently, I am working on a new qualitative book project entitled “Liminal Certainty: Motherhood, Identity and Empty Bedrooms,” which  examines how one’s parenting identity and social roles shift and transform as their children head off to attend college.


Bhave, Maya. (2019) War and Cleats: Women in Soccer in the United States. London: Meyer and Meyer Sport.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

Bhave, Maya E.,  “The Ambiguous space of Motherhood: The Experience of Stillbirth in Interrogating Reproductive Loss. Edited by Emma Lind and Angie Deveau. Toronto: Demeter Press. 2017: 76-90.

Bhave, Maya E. and James J. Franklin. “Collaboration, Gender Differences, and the GO NORDIC Model: Eliciting Social Change within one New England soccer club.” Journal of Sport and Health. Common Ground Publishing. 2016: 13-29.

Bhave, Maya E. “Burning the Apron Strings: Mothering and Identity in the Twenty-First Century.” An Anthropology of Mothering. By Naomi M. McPherson and Michelle Walks. Toronto: Demeter Press. 2011. 83-101

Published Poetry:

Bhave, Maya E. The Immigrant: a poem. In Mothers Without Children. Edited by Charlotte Beyer and Andrea Robertson.  Toronto: Demeter Press. 2019: 223-226.

Awards and Recognitions

Zenos Hawkinson Campus Leadership and Excellence in teaching Award, North Park University, 1996.