Meghana Rao

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Sociology of Medicine
  • Sociology of Law


Meghana is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

She has an Master’s and PhD in sociolegal studies from the University of Toronto and a Master’s in communication from the University of Hyderabad, and has taught in these universities. Her research interests lie at the intersection of law and society studies, anthropology of medicine and gender and sexuality studies. In her doctoral work, she studied the regulation of suicide in India, with a specific focus on hijra suicides in Bangalore.


  • Rao, Meghana (2012) Administrating Death: role of law, medicine and development in (re)defining suicide in India”. In: Chum A, Forman L (editors). Munk School briefings: comparative program on health and society. Lupina Foundation Working Paper Series.
  • Rao, Meghana (2019) (Forthcoming) A Life Worth Telling: Love and Suicide in Hijra Lives” in Sexuality, Abjection and Queer Existence in Contemporary India, Edited by Pushpesh Kumar, Routledge, New Delhi