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Megan N. ReedAssistant Professor


  • PhD, Sociology and Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2022
  • BA, International Studies, University of Arizona, 2012


Megan is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Emory University. In May 2022, she completed a PhD in Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. Megan is a social demographer and sociologist. She 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 FamilySocial 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 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.

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