Alka Menon

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Alka Menon joins Yale’s Department of Sociology in July 2018. Her research explores 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 from a transnational perspective, focusing on the multiethnic cases of U.S. and Malaysia. Stemming from this research, she has also written about online reviews of physicians and the role of physicians as cultural gatekeepers and intermediaries. Her award-winning work has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies and Social Science & Medicine and has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. Menon obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.