Meghana Joshi


Meghana Joshi.

Meghana Joshi


Meghana Joshi


Research Topics

Health Inequalities; Reproductive Geographies; Gender/Masculinities; Childlessness/Infertility; Medical Anthropology; Germany/Europe, India, U.S.A.


Born and raised in several 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. Going forward, I am interested in research on how male bodies are constructed as “caring” and/or “unworthy” as they labor to be (biological and social) fathers. 
I am committed to the comparative method in understanding intersections between macro policies, social and spatial embeddedness, and health disparities, experiences and outcomes. 

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. 


  • PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • MA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • MA, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • BA, Pune University

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Courses

  • APY 105 | Introduction to Anthropology
  • APY 106 | Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • APY 275 | Culture, Health and Illness
  • APY 312 | Culture and Reproduction
  • APY 401 | Theory in Anthropology
  • APY 410 | Topic - Men and Masculinities

Graduate Courses

  • APY 508 | Qualitative Reearch Methods
  • APY 554 | Topic - Anthropology of the Body
  • APY 578 | Ethnomedicine
  • APY 623 | Memory and Commemoration

Selected Publications

  • 2021. “I do not want to be a weekend Papa”: The demographic ‘crisis,’ active fatherhood, and  emergent caring masculinities in Berlin, Journal of Family Issues Vol 42(5): 883-907
  • 2020 Becoming fathers in a ‘child-friendlier’ Germany: male infertility, reproductive visibility, and the labor of paternity, NORMA: International Journal of Masculinity Studies, DOI: 10.1080/18902138.2020.1713582 
  • 2017 Berlin’s Hypervisible Children: “German Child-Unfriendliness” amidst Demographic Anxieties, in Reimagining the Child: Proceedings of the 2016 Rutgers-Camden Graduate Student Conference in Childhood Studies. Edited by J Burton and K Fredricks
  • 2008 “‘Correcting’ the Reproductive ‘Impairment’: Infertility Treatment Seeking Experiences of Low Income Group Women in Mumbai Slums,” Sociological Bulletin, 57 (2), May-August 2008, pp. 155-172