As a full professor, I currently serve as the Butler Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence (Butler Center). I have a courtesy appointment in Anthropology, and by invitation, a faculty affiliate of the Purdue Policy Research Institute within Purdue’s Discovery Park. I am the State Co-Director of the American Council on Education-Women’s Network in Indiana (ACE-WN-IN) since 2019.
My primary research areas 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). My CV
My projects focus on how the disadvantaged organize to make claims to basic needs and rights. I have published four books and a fifth one on university leadership is forthcoming in 2022. More recently, I am studying faculty satisfaction at universities. Some ongoing studies include examining associate professors satisfaction with recognition considering the 'hidden hurdles' they face. Additionally, I am the PI for two studies related to faculty experiences: (a) the Coaching and Resource Network, an initiative of the Butler Center and (b) faculty search processes and impact of faculty search workshops. I am the Editor for the Book series, Navigating Careers in Higher Education, Purdue University Press. See Purdue University Press focused on challenges of today.
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 was the Associate Editor of Social Problems, a major journal in sociology, between 2018 and 2021. I am the Chair-elect (2021-22) of the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and will serve as Chair in 2022-2023.
RECENT HONORS & FEATURED IN
Prioritizing and Institutionalizing DEI on campus. Mini-pod - Part 1. APL nextED, September 1, 2021.
Challenging the Stereotypes, Interview with Mangala Subramaniam as Cover Story, Higher Ed Digest (International Edition), July 2021.
2021 Award for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Political Economy of the World-System. (Renamed Anti-Oppression Award). See here.
Interview for the podcast series, In the Margins EP 25 Best Practices in Minority Faculty Recruitment & Retention. April 2021. In The Margins: EP 25 Best Practices in Minority Faculty Recruitment & Retention — An Interview with Dr. Mangala Subramaniam on Apple Podcasts.
2021 Outstanding Woman Leading in Academic Operations Award from APLnextED, a women-founded and led academic-solution software company headquartered in Valparaiso, IN. See here. Visit aplnexted.com/2021Award to view recording of interview.
2021: Quoted in and Best Practices Tools referenced in article, “Faculty Members Are Suffering Burnout. These Strategies Could Help. Without them, academe could lose women and people of color” by Emma Petit. Chronicle of Higher Education, February 25, 2021 & in Burned Out and Overburdened: How to support the faculty. Report of Chronicle of Higher Education (available at Chronicle Store).
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. December 2020. See here.
RECENT AND FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS
Alcalde, M. Cristina and Mangala Subramaniam (co-editors). Dismantling Institutional Whiteness: Emerging Forms of Leadership in Higher Education. (In series, Navigating Careers in Higher Education.) West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, forthcoming 2022.
Subramaniam, Mangala and Zeba Kokan. “As a campus community, we stand with …”: Leadership Responsibility in Addressing Racism on University Campuses.” In Dismantling Institutional Whiteness: Emerging Forms of Leadership in Higher Education (In series, Navigating Careers in Higher Education), edited by Cristina M. Alcalde and Mangala Subramaniam (co-editors). West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, forthcoming 2022.
Subramaniam, Mangala. What Could University Statements Convey as a Response to Incidents of Racial/Ethnic Violence? May 14, 2021. https://diverseeducation.com/article/214973/
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 290, 112552.
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
“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).