Mangala Subramaniam's Webpage

Mangala Subramaniam

Associate Professor

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


(a) institutional effectiveness as related to (i) HIV prevention and risk and (ii) To examine and understand institutional inter-play in storage and distribution of technologically improved seeds

(b) gender, violence and the law; violence in the public sphere

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CLAs 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.”




Mellon Grand Challenge Exploratory Award, 2014

Title: Gender and Social Impacts of Institutional Arrangements for Improved Seed Technologies (PI, Subramaniam)

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PI, Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Prevention among Women Sex Workers in India.  CLA Community Engagement grant, 2015-16. $5,000. Collaborator -Swasti (India).

Co-PI (with Jean Beaman).  International Symposium - New Approaches to Citizenship and Inequality: Gender, Race, and Rights. Global Synergy Research Grant from the President’s Office, 2015-16, ($ 25,000)



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

Krishnan, Preethi and Mangala Subramaniam. “Gender, Domestic Violence, and Patterns of Conviction: Analysis of India's Supreme Court Rulings.” Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, forthcoming

Subramaniam, Mangala. 2015. “Introduction: States and Social Movements in the Modern World-System.”  Special issue of JWSR (ASA’s PEWS section journal) 21(1): 1-7.

Announcing New Issue of Journal of World-Systems Research
We are happy to announce the publication of the Winter/Spring 2015 issue of the Journal of World-Systems Research<>, which is a special issue on States and Social Movements in the Modern World-System, guest edited by Mangala Subramaniam.

Williford, Beth and Mangala Subramaniam. “Transnational Field and Frames: Organizations in Ecuador and the US.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change, forthcoming 2015

Krishnan, Preethi and Mangala Subramaniam. “Understanding the State: Right to Food Campaign in India.”  The Global South, 8(2):101-118

Subramaniam, Mangala and Laura Zanotti. “Introductory Essay: Environmental Justice-Just Livelihoods.” Dialogues section, Politics, Groups, Identities, forthcoming

Subramaniam, Mangala and Preethi Krishnan Ramaswamy.  2014. “Gender, Caste, and Class: Structural Violence in India,” Pp. 240-248 in Routledge International Handbook of Race, Class and Gender edited by Shirley Jackson. UK: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

Kadowaki, Joy and Mangala Subramaniam. 2014. “Coping with Emotional Labor: Strategies Adopted by Instructors.” White Privilege Conference Journal: Understanding and Dismantling Privilege IV(2): 154-172

Subramaniam, Mangala.  2014. “Neoliberalism and Water Rights: Case of India.” Current Sociology 62(3): 393-411

Subramaniam, Mangala, Robert Perrucci, and David Whitlock. 2014. “Intellectual Closure: A Theoretical Framework Linking Knowledge, Power, and the Corporate University,” Critical Sociology 40(3): 411-30 (first published online December 21, 2012).

Subramaniam, Mangala. 2014. “Resisting Gendered Religious Nationalism: The Case of Religious Based Violence in Gujarat, India,” Advances in Gender Research: Gendered Perspectives on Conflict and Violence edited by Marcia Texler Segal and Vasilikie Demos, Volume 18 part b: 73-98.  Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Subramaniam, Mangala, Preethi Krishnan Ramaswamy, and Christopher Bunka. 2014. “Women’s Movement Groups in State Policy Formulation: Addressing Violence against Women.” Indian Anthropologist (Special Issue on State and Public Policy). 44(1): 37-52

Adviser for publication by an undergraduate honors student

Lucas, Wynne R. 2014. “Transnational Framing of the 2012 Case of Rape in India.” (Research Snapshot) - Adviser: Mangala Subramaniam. The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research 4: 92 (Lucas is a sociology honors undergraduate).


Papers to be presented at the 2015 ASAs

Krishnan, Preethi and Mangala Subramaniam.  “Domestic Violence and Intra-family Dynamics: Analysis of India’s Supreme Court Rulings.” ACCEPTED for regular session “Violence”

Chaudhuri, Soma, Preethi Krishnan, and Mangala Subramaniam. Mainstreaming Gender, Endangered, Ungendered?  Analysis of Media Reports of 2012 Case of Rape in India ACCEPTED for Race, Gender, Class -Section Session

 Shaonli Chakraborty, Shiv Kumar & Mangala Subramaniam. Safecity?  Analysis of Services to Respond to Gender based Violence in Bengaluru, India. ACCEPTED for regular session “Violence”


Professional Service

2015-2018                   Treasurer-elect/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:



Christopher Bunka, PhD Student.  Interests: Globalization, Global Politics, State Power

Jenean Cox, PhD Student: Immigration, Gender, Race and Ethnicity

Lori Lundell, PhD Student. Interests: Gender, Race, Class

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



Keynote on April 24, 2014  followed by two panels on April 25, 2014.

Flyer for Keynote Address: click here



Symposium titled ‘State and Social Movements: Violence, Health, Food Security’ at IIT, Madras in collaboration with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, IIT, Madras.  Made possible by an 'Engaging India' grant from Purdue's Office of Engagement [PI: Mangala Subramaniam). March 13-14, 2013

The symposium is an initiative to promote research through a partnership between Purdue and institutions of higher education in India.  It was made possible by an 'Engaging India' grant from the Purdue's Office of Engagement and the support of IIT, Madras.  I put together the call for paper and the program. The two-day program comprised seven paper sessions and a set of three roundtables.  Collaborative workshops and research projects between Purdue and IIT, Madras are being discussed.

For pictures from the symposium Click Here

FOR CALL FOR PAPERS Click Here Submission is closed

FOR SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM Final Symposium Program.pdf



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