Mangala Subramaniam's Webpage

Mangala Subramaniam

Professor (effective Aug 2017)

Department of Sociology


Tel: 765-496-2631


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Welcome to my site at Purdue University

My primary areas of interest are: Gender (and its intersections with race, ethnicity, caste, and class), Social Movements and Transnational Movements, Global Politics, Development; Research Methods; South Asia (particularly India).


My current projects focus on how the disadvantaged organize to make claims to basic needs and rights. The projects consider the contentious politics of rights to water, the gendered interpretation of the law in judgments on violence against women cases; the models of community organizations that can sustain activities contributing to HIV risk reduction and coping with intimate partner violence; and the gender impacts of technologically improved seeds to address food insecurity. More recently I have been analyzing data on mid-career faculty, particularly women, and their satisfaction with recognition and appreciation and climate. Some of this work has emerged from participating in the COACHE working groups convened by the Purdue’s Office of the Provost since spring 2016. I will will continue this work on mid-career faculty as the 2017-18 College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Faculty Fellow. 



Politics of Rights to Water (Blog, March 31, 2016):


Opinion Pieces:

See my most recent piece in Deccan Herald (an English newspaper in India).
​OR see the epaper - Page 10, Feb 9
, 2017 at

Strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention in Karnataka. Page 11 in Deccan Herald, July 20, 2016 [Deccan Herald is a leading English Daily in India]. See or at The piece  is also linked to the Purdue India interest group website created by the EVPR's Office: 


Also see Purdue's India interest group page:


College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Faculty Fellow

Project: Institutional Mechanisms for Breaking the ‘Glass Ceiling’: Gender, Race and Mid-Career Faculty (2017-18).

Presentation to CLA Senate, 02/21/17 Click here


Fellow, Purdue Policy Research Institute

Intimate Partner Violence and Risks to HIV: Using Empirical Evidence for Policy Making. Spring 2017.

Katie Carstens is the Research Assistant through a Wilkie Undergraduate Research Internship. See Katie


Fellow, CLA Center for Social Sciences

Effects of Participation in Community Organizations of High Risk Groups on  Mitigating Risks to HIV. Fall 2016




Co-PI (with Christie Sennott). From Mother to Daughter: HIV Risk and Knowledge Transmission about Sexual and Reproductive Health in India and South Africa. College of Liberal Arts Global Research Synergy grant, 2017.


PI, Coping with Intimate Partner Violence: High Risk Groups and HIV Prevention in India. CLA Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences grant, 2016.


PI, Gender and Social Impacts of Institutional Arrangements for Improved Seed Technologies, Mellon Grand Challenge Exploratory Award, September 2014-July 2016.

See blog:




2017	Salute to Women Honoree, Woman of Distinction, YWCA, Greater Lafayette area, IN

Link to the interview with WLFI News 18 (Lafayette, In) - 02/26/17

Dr. Mangala Subramaniam named YWCA Woman of Distinction

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Nine women, including one Purdue University professor, will be honored for their work in the community.



2015      CLA Center for Research on Diversity & Inclusion (CRDI) Excellence in Research Award:

Preethi Krishnan and Mangala Subramaniam. “Dowry, Domestic Violence and Gender: Legal interpretations by India’s Supreme Court.”




Ignorance and Knowledge: Women Sex Workers and HIV Prevention in India. Closed workshop, Ethics and Politics of Community Engagement in Global Health Research, University of Oxford (UK), September 2016. [Pictures in photo gallery].

Analysis of 2015 COACHE Data- Associates & Recommendations, Town Hall organized by Office of Provost, Purdue University, November 7, 2016.



Subramaniam, Mangala.  Social Movements: Local, National, and Transnational Contexts (provisional title). New York & Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Subramaniam, Mangala and Preethi Krishnan. 2016. “Stranded between the Law, Family, and Society: Women in Domestic Violence and Rulings of India’s Supreme Court.” Current Sociology 64(4): 603-619 (Advance online April 13, 2016).

Perrucci, Robert, Mangala Subramaniam, and Carolyn C. Perrucci. 2016. “Who Publishes in Leading Sociology Journals, 1965-2010?”  Pp. 77-86 in book titled, What to Expect and How to Respond: Distress and Success in Academia edited by Earl Wright II and Thomas Calhoun. MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Leamaster, Reid J. and Mangala Subramaniam. 2016. “Career and/or Motherhood? Gender and the LDS Church.” Sociological Perspectives 59(4): 776–797 (Advance online October, 5, 2015).

Young Lisa J. and Mangala Subramaniam. 2017. “Eco-critical Consciousness Meets Oppositional Consciousness: Reading Early Chicago Housing Activism Through an Environmental Lens.” Sociological Focus 50(2):198-212 (First online December 27, 2016).  

Chakraborty, Shaonli, Shiv Kumar, Mangala Subramaniam (equal authors). 2017. “Safe city: Analysis of services for gender based violence in Bengaluru, India.” International Sociology 32(3): 299-322 (First online March 18, 2017).

Spring 2016 - HONR 299 - Social Movements: Local and Global. See presentations by clicking on 'teaching' in the left hand side panel.


Professional Service

2015-2018                   Treasurer-elect/Treasurer/Past Treasurer, Sociologists for Women in Society (elected)

2014                            National Science Foundation, panelist (2014)

2011-2014                   Secretary/Treasurer & Council Member, ASA’s Sex & Gender Section (elected)

2008 - 2009                 Member, Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship Committee, SSSP

2008 – 2010                Member, Nominations Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society (elected)

2006-2007                   Chair, Lee Scholar-Activist Support Fund, Society for the Study of Social Problems


 Featured in

Spring 2014 issue of CLA Research Newsletter is now available through this link:



Vasundhara Kaul, MS Student (starting Fall 2017). Interests: Gender, Development, Water and Environmental Justice, South Asia.

Lori Lundell, PhD Student (ABD). Interests: Gender, Race, Class.

Zachary Palmer, PhD Student (ABD). Interests: Gender, Masculinities, Inequalities, Religion.

Preethi Krishnan Ramaswamy, PhD Student (ABD). Interests: Gender, Social Movements, South Asia.




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