Megan N. Reed

Megan N. Reed

Visiting Assistant Professor at Emory University


Megan is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the departments of Sociology and Quantitative Theory and Methods (QTM) at Emory University. In Fall 2023, she will be beginning a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Emory. In May 2022, she completed a PhD in Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. Megan is a social demographer and sociologist who employs both quantitative and qualitative methods to study topics related to gender and family. Much of her research focuses on how family and gender dynamics change across the life course in India. Megan's dissertation project uses interview and survey data to investigate how Indian families make marriage decisions. She also studies family and kinship in the United States including how COVID-19 has impacted family relationships. Her published papers have appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science Research, Demographic 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 NIH NICHD T-32 Training Fellowship in Demography, and Penn's GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation. Before joining the PhD program, 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 holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Arizona.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Reed, Megan N. 2022. “The gendered practices of the upwardly mobile in India.” Social Science Research. 103 (March 2022): 102652.

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.