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 how the disadvantaged organize to make claims to basic needs and rights. My 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.


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


Opinion Piece: 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: 



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



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




PI, Coping with Intimate Partner Violence: High Risk Groups and HIV Prevention in India. CLA Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences grant, 2016. $25,000.


Mellon Grand Challenge Exploratory Award, 2014

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

Click on 'Research' (left hand side panel) for details or See


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


Public event in Banglore, India on December 28, 2015. Click here


Also see Purdue's India interest group page:


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)



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.”





Community Organizations and Rights: Women Sex Workers and HIV/AIDS in Karnataka, India. Regular session: Social Dimension of AIDS. ASA Annual Meetings, Seattle, August 2016 (with Jenean Cox).

Empathy as Emotion Work in Research: Study of Women Sex Workers in India. Regular session: Methodology, Qualitative. ASA Annual Meetings, Seattle, August 2016.

Gender and Social Impacts of Institutional Arrangements for Improved Seed Technologies: Global Overview and Case of India. Regular session: Food and Agriculture. ASA Annual Meetings, Seattle, August 2016 (with Andrew Raridon, Preethi Krishnan, Leigh Raymond, and Marianne Bracke).



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

Subramaniam, Mangala and Preethi Krishnan. “Stranded between the Law, Family, and Society: Women in Domestic Violence and Rulings of India’s Supreme Court.” Current Sociology, DOI: 10.1177/0011392116640449 (Advance online April 13, 2016).

Perrucci, Robert, Mangala Subramaniam, and Carolyn C. Perrucci. “Who Publishes in Leading Sociology Journals, 1965-2010?”  Chapter 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, forthcoming

Subramaniam, Mangala and Laura Zanotti. 2015. “Introductory Essay: Environmental Justice-Just Livelihoods.” Politics, Groups, Identities, 3(4): 649-654, DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2015.1112824 (Advance online November 25, 2015)

Leamaster, Reid J. and Mangala Subramaniam. “Career and/or Motherhood? Gender and the LDS Church.” Sociological Perspectives, DOI: 10.1177/0731121415603852 (Advance online October, 5, 2015)

Young Lisa J. and Mangala Subramaniam. “Ecocritical Consciousness Meets Oppositional Consciousness: Reading Early Chicago Activism through an Environmental Lens.” Sociological Focus, forthcoming

Williford, Beth and Mangala Subramaniam. 2015. “Transnational Field and Frames: Organizations in Ecuador and the US.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change, 38:37-67

Krishnan, Preethi and Mangala Subramaniam. 2015. “Understanding the State: Right to Food Campaign in India.”  The Global South, 8(2):101-118

Krishnan, Preethi and Mangala Subramaniam. 2015. “Gender, Domestic Violence, and Patterns of Conviction: Analysis of India's Supreme Court Rulings.” Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, 9:45-72

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.


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, 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:



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

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

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

Elle Rochford, MS 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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