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 will will continue this work on mid-career faculty as the 2017-18 College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Faculty Fellow. 



College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Faculty Fellow

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

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




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.




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.





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].

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. 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

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).


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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Department of Sociology

700 West State St., 309, Stone Hall

West Lafayette, IN  47907-1365



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