Menon received her doctorate in human development from the University of Chicago in 1995. She previously worked as a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Pitzer College, in Claremont, Ca. She has taught at Drexel University since September 1997. Menon has done fieldwork in the temple town of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India, as well as in the northern Indian city of Meerut. She has written extensively on different aspects of Hindu society and civilization, in particular on goddess worship, family dynamics, gender relations, Hindu morality, Hindu women and liberal feminism and Hindu–Muslim religious violence. Her most recent book, Women, Wellbeing, and the Ethics of Domesticity in an Odia Hindu Temple Town, was published by Springer in 2013.
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