EMPLOYMENT

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Yale University, 2018-

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University, 2018

Dissertation: “Looking Good: Race and Cosmetic Surgery in Transnational Perspective”

M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University, 2013.

B.A., summa cum laude, College Scholar and Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2010.

 

PUBLICATIONS

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. Published online 11 March. 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.  

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 Review

Menon, Alka V. 2016. “Race in the Genomic Era.” Book Review of 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.

 

HONORS, AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, Section of Science, Technology & Society ($14,422), 2016

Graduate Research Grant, Northwestern University ($1700), 2016

Buffett Institute Dissertation Research Travel Award, Northwestern University ($5000), 2015

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Prospectus Development Fellowship ($5000), 2014

Graduate Affiliate, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University ($5000 research stipend annually), 2013-2015

Robert F. Winch Award for Best 2nd Year Paper, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, 2013

 

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, INVITED TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

2020     “Constructing an Asian Look: Beauty Ideals and Cosmetic Surgery in Malaysia”

  • IKMAS, Universiti Kebangsan Malaysia, 4 March
  • Monash University Malaysia, 5 March

2019     “Producing Racial Profiles: Global Cosmetic Surgery and the Art of Standardization”

  • Fries Center for Global Studies, Wesleyan University, 28 February
  • Sociology Colloquium, Boston University, 7 October
  • Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, St. Francis College, 23 October
  • Sociology Colloquium, University of California at Santa Barbara, 6 November
  • Science and Technology Studies Colloquium, Cornell University, 18 November

2019     “Constructing an Asian Look: Beauty Ideals and Cosmetic Surgery in Malaysia”

  • Southeast Asia Colloquium, Yale University, 18 September

2019     “Selling Surgery: The Role of Race in Transnational Medical Markets”

  • Race in the Marketplace (RIM) Research Forum, Universite Paris-Dauphine, Paris, France
  • Race in Medicine Beyond the Lab: 21st Century Mobilizations, King’s College London, 26th-27th September

2019     “Cultural gatekeeping in cosmetic surgery: Transnational beauty ideals in multicultural Malaysia”

  • Comparative Research Workshop, Sociology Department, Yale University
  • Session on “Popular Culture,” American Sociological Association meeting, 10 August, New York, NY

2019     “Objectifying the Face”: Visualization Technologies and the Doctor-Patient Relationship in Cosmetic Surgery

  • Holmes Workshop, Department of History of Science and Medicine, Yale University, 11 February
  • Workshop on Science and Technology and Gender and Sexuality Colloquium, Columbia University, 14 April
  • 2nd International Conference on Global Science, Technology, and Society (Global STS 2.0), Nanyang Technological University, Makassar, Indonesia, 26 July
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science meeting, New Orleans, LA, 3-7 September
  • Culture Workshop, University of California at Santa Barbara, 7 November
  • Science & Technology Studies Colloquium, Cornell University, 18 November

2019     “Constructing an Asian Look: Global Cosmetic Surgery and the Art of Standardization”

  • Culture Workshop, New York University, 24 October

2018     “Producing Racial Profiles: Global Cosmetic Surgery and the Art of Standardization”

  • Science and Technology Studies Colloquium, Brown University
  • Health, Humanities, and History Workshop, Yale University