Dr Kaveri Qureshi


PhD London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2003-2007
Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Sussex, 2008-2011
Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, 2011-2016
Associate Editor at Anthropology & Medicine 2011+
Associate Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences 2017+
and Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, 2017+

Research interests

I have worked on the South Asian diaspora in the United Kingdom and both sides of the border in Punjab. As a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, I worked with colleagues Filippo Osella and Ben Rogaly on South Asian migration, transnationalism and diaspora in the United Kingdom and published wide-rangingly on these areas. My principal research interests are however linked to medical anthropology. My PhD research was a study of chronic illness in the Pakistani labour diaspora, which led on to research on mental illness and divorce. Currently I am working on reproduction, a broad interest that has resulted to date in collaborative research with colleagues in Oxford on generational change in reproductive cultures, infant feeding and miscarriage. Through the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group at Oxford, I will continue to be involved in collaborative research on the anthropological demography of health and on ageing and identity.


I have taught on or convened courses on medical anthropology, gender and health, research design, medical statistics and demography. I am supervising Elo Luik at ISCA who is doing a DPhil in social anthropology on ‘Unravelling global babies: transnational reproductive travel from the UK to India’.

Selected publications

(2016) Marital breakdown among British Asians: conjugality, legal pluralism and new kinship, London: Palgrave

Co-edited books and special issues
(2016) co-edited with S Pooley. Parenthood between generations: transforming reproductive cultures, Oxford: Berghahn

(2016) co-edited with E Rahman. Infant feeding: medicalization, the state and techniques of the body, special issue of Women’s Studies International Forum

(2016) with S Pooley. ‘Does the state alter what it means to be a parent?’

(2016) with S Pooley. ‘Is it inevitable you’ll turn into your mother?’

(2016) ‘Samina leaves home’


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