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• PhD Sociology, The University of Delhi
• M.Phil Sociology, The University of Delhi
• MA Sociology, The University of Delhi
I am a medical anthropologist and my ethnographic journey dates back to 1985-90, exploring the interface between medicine and culture in Kashmir. After completing my doctorate from the University of Delhi, I taught at the University of Western Australia and, following a carrier break, worked at the University of Leeds and then Health Sciences at York.
My research and teaching have previously centred around inequalities and health, race, ethnicity, citizenship and social policy; family, kinship, gender and caring; and ethnographic and biographical methods. Having worked extensively with minority ethnic groups (largely South Asians) living in the UK, my interest has shifted to the field of genetics, genomics and embodiment of risk, reproductive technologies and global governance of health.
1. Inherited blood disorders, globalisation and the promise of genomics: an Indian case-study, ESRC (P1), £514,981 (2016-2019), co-applicants Professors Karl Atkin (York), Veen Das (Johns Hopkins University), Maya Unnithan (Sussex) and Ranendra Das (ISERDD, Delhi).
I am on the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Sociology (medical sociology) and previously was an editor for Ethnicity and Health (Routledge) 2009 - 2015.
Lifetime patron, National Thalassemia Welfare Society, Delhi.
Scientific Advisor, Sickle Cell Society India, Nagpur.