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). 

    My CV



  Quoted/Work referenced in -

  Burned Out and Overburdened: How to support the faculty. Report of Chronicle of Higher   Education, January 2021 (available at Chronicle Store).

  Chronicle of Higher Ed article (12/10/20) referencing Best Practices Tools for faculty (to            access, log into Chronicle of Higher Education & access article, Teaching: How to Make            Breakout Rooms Work Better by Beth McMurtrie).

  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 


   Keynote, Doing the Work of Leadership to Transform the GEARING 

   Roles second annual conference, November 9, 2020. 

   See                     Presentation is here. Recording of keynote is here.


  See Best Practices Tools of the Center: Documenting the Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty;        Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty: What can Purdue Do? (Support, Annual Review,                      Recognition).  


  Editor, Book series, Navigating Careers in Higher Education, Purdue University Press. 


 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. 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.



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.


Hidden Hurdles and Gendered Recognition: Perceptions of Associates Professors. Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work/Open Topics on Organizations, Occupations, and Work, 2020 American Sociological Association Annual Meetings


Democracy, Development, and Repression: Protesting the 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act in India. Sociology of Development Section Session: Populism, Democracy, and Development, 2020 American Sociological Association Annual Meetings



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.

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. 


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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. 

© 2021, Last updated January 15, 2021

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