Meghna Mukherjee

Research Interests:
Gender, Medical Sociology, Fertility and Genetic Technologies, Reproductive Labor, South Asia

Meghna Mukherjee graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Sociology (honors) and Human Rights. As a PhD student (Regents’ Fellow) at UC Berkeley, Meghna main research interests revolve around the social inequalities arising alongside emerging fertility and genetic technologies. She is particularly interested in understanding how medicalized spaces are reinforcing social hierarchies and reconstituting health and family-building. Prior to her PhD, Meghna worked in the non-profit and social development field in New York City, and pursued research related to commercial reproductive labor policies in India.

Most recently, Meghna's Masters thesis (UC Berkeley, 2019) explored a comparative analysis of egg donation practices between the Bay Area of the US and Kolkata, India. She studied the medical management of donor patient-matching, and the resulting ways in which the heritable constitution of donor eggs are reconfigured to mitigate localized cultural, social, and biological tensions around assisted kin-making. In addition, Meghna is involved in several research teams, including those studying the impact of consumer genetic testing on health risk conceptualization (funded by Berkeley’s Social Science Matrix), the federal-level uptake of emerging technologies CRISPR/Cas9 and Automated Vehicles (funded by National Science Foundation), and the labelling of race as a health risk factor in clinical publications. In addition to her academic commitments, Meghna remains engaged in projects supporting social impact and non-profit management strategy as an Albireo Group Fellow.