Mangala Subramaniam

  • Professor, Sociology and Butler Chair & Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Office of the Provost

Department Information

Languages and Cultures // Continuing Lecturer
Chinese // SLC // Continuing Lecturer

Office Information

  • Specialization

  • Gender (class, caste, and race), Social Movements, Water, Seeds, HIV Prevention and High Risk Groups, Violence and the Law, Globalization, Research Methods, South Asia, specifically India.

  • Mangala Subramaniam is Professor, Sociology and Butler Chair & Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence in the Office of the Provost. She is a leading scholar in the areas of gender and its intersections with caste and class; social movements; environmental justice (particularly water) and globalization. In addition to about 35 articles and book chapters, she has published three gender-related books. Her research projects are global in scope and focus on gender politics particularly the challenges faced by poor and marginalized women to access basic needs. The topics she studies include the politics of HIV prevention and violence against women and the courts. More recently, she has begun studying mid-career women faculty at universities; their satisfaction with recognition and appreciation and climate in universities. Some of this work has emerged from participating and leading the data analysis in the COACHE working groups convened by the Purdue’s Office of the Provost. She continues this work as the 2017 College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Faculty Fellow. In addition, to teaching courses about gender and women and social movements/protests around the world, Dr. Subramaniam mentors and continues to mentor graduate and undergraduate (including honors) students, many of them women, in sociology and other disciplines. Her success in teaching has been recognized at the department and college level with awards. Dr. Subramaniam has also been active in departmental and college governance served on numerous department, college, and university level committees. In her four-year term as the Director of Graduate Studies, she actively supported students to compete for fellowships, write, and publish. Many of her publications are with graduate students. She has been a member as well as chair of the College’s Diversity Action Committee (DAC). Dr. Subramaniam’s public engagement activities bring gender inequities (and caste and racial inequities) to the forefront. She has given talks at the local Public Library and the Unitarian-Universalist Forum. Her expertise and leadership are also recognized off-campus. She is the current Treasurer of Sociologists for Women in Society and has served on many elected positions in the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Among her many international activities is her contribution as member of the International Team of Experts for Poverty Alleviation, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva.

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