Alka Menon conducts research at the intersection of race, medicine, and markets. Broadly, she is interested in the effects of globalization and medical consumerism on physician authority and healthcare. Currently, she is working on a book project on cosmetic surgery in transnational perspective, focusing on the multiethnic cases of the U.S. and Malaysia. Stemming from this research, she has written on online reviews of physicians and the role of physicians as cultural gatekeepers and intermediaries. In a collaborative study with clinicians, she has investigated patients’ attitudes toward the use of artificial intelligence in diagnosis and screening of skin cancer. Her award-winning work has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Science & Medicine, and Poetics and has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.
Menon received her B.A. in the Biological Sciences from Cornell University, where she was also a College Scholar, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. Her research and teaching interests span sociology, science and technology studies, legal studies, racial and ethnic studies, gender studies, and qualitative methods. At Yale, she is also a member of the Council on Southeast Asian Studies and a research fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
Courses and Seminars
SOCY/ER&M/WGSS/EVST 127 Health and Illness in Social Context
SOCY 160 Methods of Inquiry
SOCY 351/545 Race, Medicine, and Technology