Megan N. Reed

Office Address: 

266 McNeil


Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology & Demography, University of Pennsylvania

B.A., International Studies, University of Arizona, 2012

Entered Program: 
First Year Paper Advisor: 
Michel Guillot
Second Year Paper Advisor: 
Emily Hannum
Dissertation Chair: 
Emily Hannum
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Annette Lareau
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Pilar Gonalons-Pons
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Frank F. Furstenberg
Graduation Year: 

Megan is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to study gender, family, and social inequality. Much of her work examines how family and gender dynamics change across the life course in India. Her dissertation project uses interview and survey data to investigate how Indian families make marriage decisions. Megan also studies family and kinship in the United States. Her published papers have appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family, Demographic 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 GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation, the Center for the Advanced Study of India Summer Research Grant, and the Gertrude and Otto Pollak Summer Research Fellowship.

Before starting her PhD, 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 received a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Arizona in 2012.

Read more about Megan’s research on her website.