Mangala Subramaniam's Webpage

Mangala Subramaniam

Professor, Sociology

305 Stone Hall.  Tel: 765-496-2631



Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence

Office of the Provost

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 1055, 155 S. Grant St. ,

Tel: 765-494-2399.

Assistant: Angie Arrigo: 765-494-4930



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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, Higher Education, 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 continued this work on post-tenure careers of faculty as the 2017-18 College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Faculty Fellow. As the Chair and Director of the Butler Center, I initiate programs, workshops, and and conferences focused on the success of women. See the Butler Center website for more details (




Featured in Dimensions of Discovery September-October 2018



Mangala Subramanian

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. Read more.





Response to Invited Lecture ‘Exploring and Educating About the Evolution of Human Physical Diversity’ by Dr. Nina Jablonski. Anthropology 10th Anniversary Event, October 2018

About the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. Purdue University Senate, September 2018

Conference Presentation

Inequities in Water Policies: Cases of India and South Africa. Global Water Security for Agriculture and Natural Resources: An ASABE Global Initiative Conference, Hyderabad, India, October 2018 (with Rachel Scarlett, Becca Nixon, and Dulcy Abraham)



Recent Publications


Subramaniam, Mangala. 2018. Contesting Water Rights: Local, State, and Global Struggles. NY: Palgrave Macmillan (imprint of Springer International Publishing).


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

Perrucci, Robert, Carolyn Cummings Perrucci, and Mangala Subramaniam. “Publications in Four Sociology Journals, 1960-2010: The Role of Discipline Demographics and Journal Mission.” Sociological Focus, forthcoming


Professional Service

June 2018-                  Associate Editor, Social Problems

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



Vasundhara Kaul, MS Student. Interests: Gender, Development, Water and Environmental Justice, South Asia.

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

Zachary Palmer, PhD Student (ABD). On the job market. Interests: Gender, Masculinities, Inequalities, Religion.

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




Purdue University

Department of Sociology

700 West State St., 309, Stone Hall

West Lafayette, IN  47907-1365



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