Biography

I am a Research Fellow based in the Department of Anthropology as part of an interdisciplinary project exploring family-making decisions, childbearing dynamics, and son preference among British South Asians (funded by the ESRC). The qualitative research of this project is led by Professor Maya Unnithan (Sussex Anthropology), and quantitative research is led by Dr Sylvie Dubuc (University of Reading, PI). I am also co-ordinator of the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies & Health.  

My primary research interests are reproductive health and politics in ethno-religious minority and migratory contexts, particularly the challenges that ethnic minority groups face when attempting to navigate mainstream maternity care, SRH services, and child & family health (childhood vaccinations). I also have research interests in termination of pregnancy, particularly in the context of sex-selection and when abortion care is restrictive (such as Ireland).

My PhD (Durham, awarded 2016) was funded by the Wellcome Trust and explored cultures of maternity, maternal, and infant care services among the Haredi Jewish minority in the UK. Archival and ethnographic research methods were employed to illustrate how healthcare services/interventions (especially maternity, maternal, and infant care) has been entangled in issues of integration, assimilation and self-protection for the Haredi Jewish minority in ways that are contiguous over time. The research will be published in a forthcoming monograph (expected 2019) and is under contract with Berghahn Books.

More broadly I am interested in the relation between biomedical health interventions and social worlds. I recently conducted research in The Gambia to understand local perceptions of biodetection dogs in possible malaria control programmes. I also have field experience in Israel, Nigeria and Lesotho, and grew up living in Mauritius, Djibouti, Botswana and Benin. Past research has included trauma and reflections of genocide among ageing Shoah (Holocaust) survivors, published in Anthropology & Ageing.

Using anthropological research to inform public debates and policy is a personal responsibility for me. In 2017 I co-wrote and submitted recommendations on sex-selective abortion in the UK and India for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development & Reproductive Health as part of their hearings on abortion care. I have written articles for The Huffington post, CORTH at Sussex, Ha'aretz, and Times of Israel. Most recently I lead a response to claims that the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention was being advised to revise its language (#CDC7words), published in PLOS Public Health Perspectives and Somatosphere. I have also conducted consultancy work for the recent BBC Radio 4 and British Museum series Living with the Gods.

Role

Research Fellow: Department of Anthropology and Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies & Health.