Alka Menon Joins the Department as Assistant Professor

Department News
March 1, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Alka Menon will be joining the Yale Sociology Department as an assistant professor. Menon is currently finishing her PhD at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the relationship between the body and social identities, especially race and ethnicity, as mediated by medicine and science. In her fascinating dissertation project, titled “Looking Good: Race and Cosmetic Surgery in Transnational Perspective,” she examines how medical consumerism affects the expression and conceptualization of social identities such as race and ethnicity.  Amidst sociological attention to the rebiologization of race in medicine and science, Menon draws on interviews and observations in the US and Malaysia to argue that cosmetic surgeons draw upon social as much as biological explanations for racial and ethnic difference in constructing standards for physical appearance. Her research has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies and Social Science & Medicine, and it has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. Read more at  At Yale, she will teaching courses on health, medicine, race, and methods.  Welcome Alka!