Health Inequalities; Culture and Reproduction; Gender/Masculinities; Childlessness/Infertility; Medical Anthropology; Loneliness and Belonging; Germany/Europe; India
Born and raised in different regions in India, I finished my PhD in cultural anthropology at Rutgers in 2017. I have worked, done research, and taught on ethnography, reproduction, masculinities, and medical anthropology in India, Germany, and the United States. I am committed to the comparative method in understanding intersections between macro policies, social and spatial embeddedness, and health disparities, experiences and outcomes.
My 2024 book Children are Everywhere: Conspicuous Reproduction and Childlessness in reunified Germany is based on the last few years of research on childlessness, parenting cultures and demographic anxieties in Berlin. Going forward, I am exploring new research on loneliness, belonging and care.
Besides these interests, odd and awkward encounters that reveal contextual and interpersonal differences in how we exist in the world fascinate me! I also love listening to and learning new languages.