My primary areas of interest are: Gender (and its intersections with race, ethnicity, caste, and class), Social Movements and Transnational Movements, Higher Education, Global Politics, Development; Research Methods; South Asia (particularly India).
In The Margins: EP 25 Best Practices in Minority Faculty Recruitment & Retention — An Interview with Dr. Mangala Subramaniam on Apple Podcasts.
Best Practices Tools (a) Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on tenure track/tenured faculty and non tenure track faculty respectively and (b) Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty: What can Purdue Do? referenced by Chronicle of Higher Education:
Faculty Members Are Suffering Burnout. These Strategies Could Help. Without them, academe could lose women and people of color. By Emma Pettit (Feb 25, 2021).
Burned Out and Overburdened: How to support the faculty, Report by Emma Petit (Jan 2021); Teaching: How to Make Breakout Rooms Work Better by Beth McMurtrie (Dec 10, 2021).& cited by other universities.
2021 Outstanding Woman Leading in Academic Operations Award. Award was given by APL nextED, a women-founded and led academic-solution software company headquartered in Valparaiso, IN. Information about the award and the virtual presentations is available here.
Invited Commentary and Analysis on project, Women Empowered in Science. Final year project by Yasmin Wafai, hosted by the Subramanian Lab, University of Bath, UK. See here
My projects focus on how the disadvantaged organize to make claims to basic needs and rights. As a leading scholar in the areas of gender, my projects examine the contentious nature of the politics of gender, caste, and class issues surrounding rights – the management and control of resources such as water and land and access to health care specifically the politics of HIV prevention. I have published three gender-related books and a fourth and most recent one on environmental justice. I have taught courses about gender and social movements around the world. I have received teaching awards at the department and college level.
More recently, I have been studying 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 in 2016. I continued this work on post-tenure careers of faculty as the 2017-18 College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Faculty Fellow. I have further consolidated this research as the Director of the Butler Center. Since starting at the Butler Center in 2017, I continued existing programs and expanded them, created new initiatives, and developed a research arm. Salient among the initiatives is the Coaching and Resource Network (CRN) for assistant and associate professors that is being replicated by the University of Texas-Austin and Georgia State University. Continuing to build my leadership skills, I attended the 2019 Harvard’s Women in Education Leadership program. I am a 2019-20 HERS Leadership Institute program alumna and completing a capstone project on faculty retention and inclusive excellence.
I have held elected offices as Treasurer of the Sociologists for Women in Society and Secretary/Treasurer and Council Member of the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association. In addition, I served as a member of the Editorial Board of Gender and Society, the premier scholarly sociological journal for gender-related research. I am currently an Associate Editor of Social Problems, a major journal in sociology.
Discussant, Session: Gender, Inclusion, and Justice. Symposium- Next Steps: Environmental Justice, Climate Change & Racial Justice, Purdue University, March 25-26, 2021.
Facilitator, Gender, Inclusion, and Justice (Concurrent Working Group Sessions). Symposium- Next Steps: Environmental Justice, Climate Change & Racial Justice, Purdue University, March 25-26, 2021.
The Why and How of Best Practices Tools: An Overview of Tool, How to talk about and discuss ‘difference’? Kansas State University, February 24, 2021.
Addressing Gender and Race/Ethnicity in Shaping Career Trajectories in Academia: What Can Faculty and Institutions Do? Georgia State University, February 17, 2021.
Advocating for Faculty during the Crises, in Panel, Intersectional Inequalities among Faculty and the Institutional Response to Current Crises, SWS, Jan 29, 2021
Environmental Justice: Local and Global Struggles, Center for Environment (C4E), Discovery Park, Purdue University, Lunch and Learn Series, September 2020.
“As a campus community, we stand with …”: Leadership Responsibility in Addressing Racism on University Campuses. Regular Session, Racism, Anti-Racism. American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, August 2021 (with Zeba Kokan).
Rachel D. Scarlett, Mangala Subramaniam, Sara K. McMillan, Anastasia Theresa Ingermann, Sandra M. Clinton. “Stormwater on the Margins: Influence of Race, Gender, and Education on Willingness to Participate in Stormwater Management.” Journal of Environmental Management, forthcoming (accepted April 2021).
Perrucci, Carolyn Cummings, Mangala Subramaniam, and Perrucci, Robert. 2020. “Gender and Publication in Two Longstanding Sociology Journals, 1960-2010.” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, 57(1): 5-47.
FEATURED – University and Extra-university
2020 - Quoted in Chronicle of Higher Ed (see above)
2019 – Quoted in Outlook June 17, 2019
Faculty Focus-Purdue India Interest Group March 2019
Interview on BBC World News TV (01/16/19):
Featured in Dimensions of Discovery September-October 2018
Giant Leaps for Health
Mangala Subramaniam examines inequality, social movements and how those who are disadvantaged organize to claim basic needs and rights, from accessing water to ending violence against women and reducing HIV risks. Read more.