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Menon, Alka V. 2023. Refashioning Race: How Global Cosmetic Surgery Crafts New Beauty Standards. University of California Press.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Menon, Alka V. and Chloe Sariego. 2022. “Engendering connection: The embodied emotional labor of U.S. cosmetic surgeons.” Social Science & Medicine 306: 115092.

Nelson, C.A., L.M. Pérez-Chada, A. Creadore, S.J. Li, K. Lo, P. Manjaly, A. Pournamdari, E. Tkachenko, J.S. Barbieri, J.M. Ko, A.V. Menon, R.I. Hartman, A. Mostaghimi. 2020. “Patient perspectives on the use of artificial intelligence for skin cancer screening.” JAMA Dermatology. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.5014

Menon, Alka V. 2019. “Cultural gatekeeping in cosmetic surgery: Transnational beauty ideals in multicultural Malaysia.” Poetics 75: 1-11.  

  • Winner of 2021 American Sociological Association Section on the Body and Embodiment Best Publication Prize

Menon, Alka V. 2017. “Do online reviews diminish physician authority? The case of cosmetic surgery in the U.S.” Social Science & Medicine 181: 1-8.

Menon, Alka V. 2017. “Reconstructing Race in American Cosmetic Surgery.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 40(4): 597-616. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1206590.

  • Winner of 2017 American Sociological Association Section on the Body and Embodiment Graduate Student Paper Award
  • Winner of 2016 Robert F. Winch Award for Best Published Paper in the Sociology Department, Northwestern University

Linster, C., Menon, A.V., Singh, C.Y., & Wilson, D.A. 2009. “Odor-specific habituation arises from interaction of afferent synaptic adaptation and intrinsic synaptic potentiation in olfactory cortex.” Learning & Memory 16(7): 452-59.

Book Chapters, Book Reviews, Essays

2021    Menon, Alka V. Beauty Diplomacy: Embodying an Emerging Nation, by Oluwakemi M Balogun. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 50(5):394-395. DOI: 10.1177/00943061211036051a

2020    Menon, Alka V. Mobilizing Mutations: Human Genetics in the Age of Patient Advocacy, by Daniel Navon. University of Chicago Press. American Journal of Sociology 126(3): 741-743.

2016    Menon, Alka V. Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century, by Dorothy Roberts. Spontaneous Generations 8(1): 109-111.

Public commentary

2021    Amir, Sulfikar and Alka Menon. “Kerentanan Pandemi dan Paradoks Resiliensi.” Media Indonesia Kolom Pakar 27 September, p.6. (in Bahasa Indonesia. Title in English: “Pandemic vulnerability and the paradox of resilience”)

2021    Menon, Alka V. “Global disease surveillance systems and cooperation in COVID-19: Lessons not learned,” in Corona: Weltgesellchaft im Ausnahmezustand?, edited by Markus Heidingsfelder and Maren Lehmann. Germany: Velbrück Wissenschaft, pp.117-126.

2020    Lanzarotta, Tess and Alka V. Menon. “Public Health Needs the Mail.” Slate, North Carolina Inquirer.


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