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: Tamara Hoffman: 765-494-9879



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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 continued this work on post-tenure careers of faculty as the 2017-18 College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Faculty Fellow. 





Subramaniam, Mangala and Zak Palmer. Coping with Violence: Women in Sex Work and Transgender People in Karnataka, India. In Thematic Group session, Gender Based Violence in Global South: Issues and Challenges, at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology (July 15-21, 2018), Toronto, Canada.

Subramaniam, Mangala and Zak Palmer. Gender and Recognition in Higher Education in India and the U.S. World Education Research Association, Cape Town, South Africa, August 2018

Subramaniam, Mangala, Shama Karkal, & Kallan Gowda. Constructing Oppositional Consciousness: Taaras, a Movement of Women in Sex Work. Paper presented at regular session, 'social movements.' American Sociological Association annual meetings, 2017 (Montreal).

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].





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

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

Subramaniam, Mangala, Zachary D. Palmer, and Vasundhara Kaul. “Sex Workers and Coping with Violence: Implications for Policy-Making.” Agenda for Social Justice: Global Solutions. Justice 21 Committee of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Forthcoming 2018.

Soma Chaudhuri, Preethi Krishnan, & Mangala Subramaniam (equal authors). “Mainstreaming Gender, Endangered, Ungendered? Analysis of Media Reports of 2012 Case of Rape in India.” Advances in Gender Research forthcoming

Subramaniam, Mangala and Preethi Krishnan. Agenda Setting and Agenda Building: Engendering Caste and Class in the Indian Women's Movement. In Anthology on Women’s and Gender Studies in India edited by Anu Aneja. Taylor & Francis. Forthcoming 2018

Robert Perrucci, Carolyn Cummings Perrucci, and Mangala Subramaniam. 2017. “From Little Science to Big Science: Were Women and Non-Elites Left Out?” Archives of Psychology 1(1): 1-5.

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

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).


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 (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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