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Sneha Kumar

Sneha Kumar

  • Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy

Annenberg Hall, Room 204, 2120 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Research Interests

Demography; Health; Family; Gender; Migration; Social Inequality


Sneha is a social demographer who examines how disruptive family transitions and macrostructural uncertainty shape family dynamics and individual health at different stages of the life course. One strand of her research explores how migration contributes to family and health inequalities among aging individuals. Another strand of her work considers the unequal ways in which macrostructural shocks, such as Covid-19, influence the reproductive lives of young adults. Her research is focused on some of the most populous countries in the world, including Indonesia, Brazil, China, and India.

Before joining Northwestern, Sneha was a postdoctoral fellow at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her PhD in Development Sociology (concentration: Population and Development) from Cornell University.


  • Ph.D. Development Sociology, Cornell University, 2021
  • M.A. Development Sociology, Cornell University, 2016
  • M.Sc. Economic History, London School of Economics, 2011
  • B.Sc. Economics and Economic History, London School of Economics, 2010