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Megh Marathe

Megh Marathe


Megh studies how seizures are experienced by people with epilepsy and how seizures are diagnosed by neurologists, through ethnographic fieldwork in Michigan. Drawing on scholarship in disability studies and science & technology studies, Megh's dissertation brings these two understandings together, theorizing the seizure experience and generating implications for the design of diagnostic devices. Parts of this work have been presented at annual meetings of the Society for Disability Studies, the Canadian Disability Studies Association, the Nordic Network on Disability Research, and the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S).

Megh is advised by Kentaro Toyama and mentored by Elizabeth F. S. Roberts (anthropology), Tiffany Veinot, Dr. Sucheta M. Joshi (neurology), and Joyojeet Pal.

Megh's prior work has focused primarily on social issues faced by marginalized communities and has been published in CHI (winning the best paper award), ICTD, and ACM DEV.

Before Michigan, Megh was Research Fellow at Microsoft Research India supervised by Bill Thies and Jacki O'Neill.

Areas of Interest

Epilepsy, Time, Disability Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Illness Experience, Medical Anthropology, Health Informatics

Honors and Awards

Rackham Public Scholarship Grant ($8000) - 2019
U-M Initiative in Disability Studies Mini Grant ($500) - 2019
ACM CHI Best Paper Award (top 1% of papers) - 2018
ACM CRA-URMD Grad Cohort Scholar, 2018
GHC Scholar, Anita Borg Institute, 2016
ACM CRA-W Grad Cohort Scholar, 2016
Silver medal in Computer Engineering, University of Mumbai, 2007


Master's in Computer Science, University of Toronto

Bachelor's in Computer Engineering, University of Mumbai



Megh Marathe
PhD candidate Megh Marathe awarded dissertation grant to study epilepsy

Microsoft has awarded Megh Marathe a grant to conduct an ethnographic study of people with epilepsy and clinical neurologists. 

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