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). 


I'm the Series Editor for the new book series, Navigating Careers in Higher Education through Purdue University Press. 

Women in Leadership: Challenges and Recommendations

Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2020

Even in top positions, women face challenges within institutional structures, systems and mind-sets that require transformative change, argue M. Cristina Alcalde and Mangala Subramaniam.


See Butler Center mentioned as a resource in From Associate to Full Professor in Inside Higher Ed, 5/22/20. Keisha N. Blain shares some tips, strategies and resources to help midcareer scholars overcome barriers to promotion

My current 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. She has published three gender-related books and a fourth and most recent one on environmental justice. She teaches courses about gender and social movements around the world. She has 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. 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.



Underpinnings of Gender and Colorism in the Culture of Niceness in Universities.

Presented at (1) Academic Deans Council, Purdue University, February 27, 2019, (2) ADVANCE Steering Committee, Purdue University, April 2019, (3) Dean, Polytechnic’s leadership team, Purdue University, April 2019. 



Papers accepted for presentation at 2020 American Sociological Association Annual Meetings

Hidden Hurdles and Gendered Recognition: Perceptions of Associates Professors. Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work/Open Topics on Organizations, Occupations, and Work


Democracy, Development, and Repression: Protesting the 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act in India. Sociology of Development Section Session: Populism, Democracy, and Development


Perrucci, Carolyn Cummings, Mangala Subramaniam, and Perrucci, Robert, “Gender and Publication in Two Longstanding Sociology Journals, 1960-2010.” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, forthcoming


Perrucci, Robert, Carolyn Cummings Perrucci, and Mangala Subramaniam. 2019. “Publications in Four Sociology Journals, 1960-2010: The Role of Discipline Demographics and Journal Mission.” Sociological Focus 52(3): 171-85.


M. Cristina Alcalde and Mangala Subramaniam (equal authors). “Women in Leadership Positions: Challenges and Recommendations” Inside Higher Ed, forthcoming.

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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.

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