Megan N. Reed

Megan N. Reed is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Demography. Her mixed-methods dissertation project examines marriage patterns in India and their implications for gender and class inequality. Megan’s dissertation project has been supported by the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation, the Center for the Advanced Study of India Summer Travel Funds for Research, and the Gertrude and Otto Pollak Summer Research Fellowship. In other projects, she studies the labor force participation of Indian widows, the gendered practices of the upwardly mobile in India, and changes in Indian women’s status in the household over the life cycle. She also works on family and kinship in comparative contexts. Before joining the PhD program at Penn, Megan was a 2012 Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellow in India. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Arizona in 2012.

Research Interests

Social Demography, Gender, Family, Marriage, Social Stratification

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociological Research (Methods)

Selected Publications

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 (equal contribution from authors)

Reed, Megan N. Forthcoming 2020. “Marriage: When, to Whom, and How People get Married.” Colossus: The Anatomy of Delhi. eds. Sanjoy Chakravorty & Neelanjan Sircar. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (book chapter)

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