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Monica Das Gupta Ph.D.

Monica Das Gupta, Ph.D.

Research Professor

2112 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology
College Park , Maryland 20742


  1. Ph.D., University of Sussex, UK, Institute of Development Studies, Social Anthropology and Demograpy, 1982
  2. M.Sc. (Econ.), London School of Economics, Demography, 1974
  3. B.Sc. (Econ.), London School of Economics, Social Anthropology, 1973


Monica Das Gupta is an anthropologist and demographer, who studies how family systems shape maternal and child health outcomes, and the causes and consequences of son preference in Asia. Other work includes reviewing the literature on population, poverty, and climate change. She also studies the organization of public health systems to reduce a population’s exposure to disease, in particular the institutional arrangements of successful models of low-cost preventive public health systems in India and Sri Lanka.

Previously, she worked at the Development Research Group of the World Bank (1998-2012); the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University (1992-98); and the National Council of Applied Economic Research in New Delhi (1982-92).