Megan N. Reed

Megan is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to study gender, family, and social inequality. Much of her work examines how family and gender dynamics change across the life course in India. Her dissertation project uses interview and survey data to investigate how Indian families make marriage decisions. Megan also studies family and kinship in the United States. Her published papers have appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science ResearchDemographic Research, and Population Studies.

In 2019, Megan was awarded the Etienne van de Walle biennial prize for the best graduate student paper in demography at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, her doctoral work has been supported by numerous grants including the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation, the Center for the Advanced Study of India Summer Research Grant, and the Gertrude and Otto Pollak Summer Research Fellowship.

Before starting her PhD, Megan was the Research Coordinator at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2012 Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellow in India. She received a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Arizona in 2012.

Research Interests

social demography, gender, family, marriage, the life course, social stratification, development, and India

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociological Research (Methods)

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Reed, Megan N. 2021. “The gendered practices of the upwardly mobile in India.” Social Science Research. In Press.

Reed, Megan N. 2021. “Reproductive transitions and women’s status in Indian households.” Population Studies 75(3): 325:341.

Reed, Megan N. 2020. “The labor force participation of Indian women before and after widowhood.” Demographic Research 43(24): 673-706.

Furstenberg, Frank F., Lauren E. Harris, Luca Maria Pesando, and Megan N. Reed. 2020. “Kinship Practices Among Alternative Family Forms in Western Industrialized Societies.” Journal of Marriage and Family 82(5): 1403-1430. (equal contribution from authors)

Book chapter

Reed, Megan N. 2021. “Marriage: When, to Whom, and How People get Married.” Colossus: The Anatomy of Delhi. eds. Sanjoy Chakravorty & Neelanjan Sircar. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 

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