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Jarrah O'Neill

Jarrah O'Neill

PhD Candidate


For my PhD, I plan to study the production of numerical data during the promotion of biomedical contraceptive use in Mumbai, India. Last year, I was a Hindi language fellow at the American Institute of Indian Studies.

I previously graduated from Cambridge with an MPhil in the Sociology of Reproduction. For my dissertation, I traced the idea of the Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA), a term used to refer to a form of midwifery believed to exist in spaces understood as traditional. Through discourse analysis of health research articles about India, I studied the TBA as a tool of translation, allowing dispersed, unconnected practices to be made regular and globally legible, a process through which the TBA comes to symbolize a deviant modern subject. 

Prior to my education at Cambridge, I received my undergraduate degree in public policy from Princeton University and graduated from the United World College of India.