Megan N. Reed

Megan N. Reed is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Demography. She studies gender, family, and social stratification in India and the United States. Her mixed-methods dissertation project examines marriage patterns in India and thier 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. Her research appears in Demographic Research, Population Studies, and Journal of Marriage and Family

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, the Life Course, and Social Stratification

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociological Research (Methods)

Selected Publications

Refereed journal articles

Reed, Megan N. 2021. “Reproductive Transitions and Women’s Status in Indian Households.” Population Studies. (online first)

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

Paper with a revise and resubmit

Reed, Megan N. “The Gendered Practices of the Upwardly Mobile in India”

CV (file)