Meghana Rao

Areas of Interest & Expertise

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


Meghana has a Master’s degree and PhD in sociolegal studies from the University of Toronto. She also has a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Hyderabad. She has taught in these universities as well.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of law and society studies, anthropology of medicine, gender and sexuality studies, and affect theory. 

In her doctoral work, she studied the regulation of suicide in India, with a specific focus on hijra suicides in Bengaluru.

Her current research focuses on the discourses of care in contemporary India. In addition, she is studying the socio-political contexts of the elder care industry and associated care workers in Bengaluru.



Book Chapter

Journal Article

Newspaper Article

  • Rao, M. (2020, April 21). Fear and hunger in Bengaluru’s Tannery Road, Deccan Herald.

Magazine Articles

Working Paper