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As a full professor, I currently serve as the Senior Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Previously, I was the Butler Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence (Butler Center) at Purdue University, West Lafayette (2017-22). I was the State Co-Director of the American Council on Education-Women’s Network in Indiana (ACE-WN-IN) between 2019 and 2022.

 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 EducationPurdue University Press. Also see Purdue University Press blog on the series, 'What is #NextUP at Purdue University Press: A Series is Born and a Friend is Made.'

 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.



  • Webinar, Integrating Service and Leadership Contributions in Processes of Promotion from Associate to Full Professor (tentative title), in 4-part webinar series, Preparing Dossiers for Promotion from Associate to Full Professor, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), Recorded May 27, 2022. Released August 3, 2022. (If institutional member, log into NCFDD to view the webinar.)


  •  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 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




  • Subramaniam, Mangala and Michael Boeh. 2023. Generative Artificial Intelligence (Gen AI) and Teaching & Learning Tool. VCU Office of the Provost-Faculty Affairs. [Resource Tool]

  • Subramaniam, Mangala. “Empathy in Research Process: Study of Women in Sex Work in India.” Current Sociology, June 3, 2022 (online first).


  • Alcalde, M. Cristina and Mangala Subramaniam (co-editors). 2022. Dismantling Institutional Whiteness: Emerging Forms of Leadership in Higher Education. (In series, Navigating Careers in Higher Education.) West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

  • Subramaniam, Mangala and Zeba Kokan. 2022. “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.


  • 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.




  • Keynote: Gendered Impacts of COVID: How Can Universities Support Faculty? International Women's Day theme, Imagining equal futures: Women and work in a post-pandemic world, Flame University, Pune, India (virtual), March 10, 2022.


  • Keynote: Diversifying Leadership in Higher Education: Why and How? International Conference on ‘Women in Learning and Leadership’ to coincide with International Women’s Day, National Institute of Technology, Warangal (virtual), March 9, 2022


  • Workshop: Potential Strategies for Addressing Gender Bias in Academia: A Focus on the Indian Context. Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS) founded by the Indian National Science Academy. To coincide with International Women’s Day. March 7, 2022.


  • Over the Hurdles and Through the Hoops: Building equity into promotion processes. Talk in the series, Equity in the Promotion Process: Building Responsive Systems of Review, An Equity Centered Faculty Lifecycle, Indiana University, Bloomington (virtual), March 3, 2022.


  • Review Remarks for book, Social Norms, Gender and Collective Behaviour: Development Paradigms in India, 2021, Palgrave Macmillan at Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India (virtual), February 1, 2022.


  • Campus Resources on Wellness. College of Health and Human Sciences, Senate’s Full Faculty Meeting, Purdue University, November 4, 2021.

  • 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.


  • Moderator, Preparing for Promotion/Tenure: Top Tips, 12th Annual Conference for Assistant Professors titled, Institutional Resources to Soar to Promotion, Purdue University, October 13-14, 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)


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