Sowmya Rajan

Sowmya Rajan

Assistant Director, Programs

Sowmya is a sociologist and social demographer with experience in the monitoring and evaluation of health programs in low- and middle-income countries, with a major focus on reproductive health and family planning. Within the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, she manages a portfolio of innovation-focused grants to improve health systems and access to healthcare, and evaluates research to build evidence that informs healthcare programs and policies. She has expertise in global reproductive, maternal and child health, social scientific and evaluation research, and fertility and family planning, and has published in journals such as DemographyPopulation and Development Review, and Population Research and Policy Review.

Sowmya earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy and a PhD in Sociology, with specializations in Medical Sociology and Population Studies, from Duke University. Prior to her position at GHIC, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.