Sunil Khanna, PhD

Professor and Head of the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences

College of Public Health and Human Sciences
101A Milam Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Office phone: 541-737-6405

School, program or other affiliation

  • School of Biological and Population Health Sciences
  • International Health

Research Interests

Research interests include the complex interrelations of biology, culture, gender, ethnicity, and health in South Asia and the US. He uses diverse yet complementary field techniques such as ethnographic research and qualitative methods, microdemographic survey, and nutritional anthropometry in his research studies. A research project in India addresses the availability and use of new reproductive technology for the purpose of prenatal sex determination and practices of sex selection in urbanizing north India.


Migration, Health and Family Making

Edited by Maya Unnithan-Kumar and Sunil K. Khanna

Charting the experiences of internally or externally migrant communities, the volume examines social transformation through the dynamic relationship between movement, reproduction, and health. The chapters examine how healthcare experiences of migrants are not only embedded in their own unique health worldviews, but also influenced by the history, policy, and politics of the wider state systems. The research among migrant communities an understanding of how ideas of reproduction and “cultures of health” travel, how healing, birth and care practices become a result of movement, and how health-related perceptions and reproductive experiences can define migrant belonging and identity. ISBN  978-1-78238-544-8

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Reading (non-fiction), cooking, hiking, and travelling

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