Banu Subramaniam, women, gender, and sexuality studies, is spending the 2017-18 academic year as a fellow at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College.
Each year, the center awards 10 to 22 resident fellowships. Fellows devote themselves primarily to their own research but also participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution, developing programming, meeting at weekly luncheons and salons, and sharing their work in progress with one another and with the larger Wellesley community.
Trained as a plant evolutionary biologist, Subramaniam engages the feminist studies of science in the practices of experimental biology. She is author of “Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity” and coeditor of “Feminist Science Studies: A New Generation” and “Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties.”
Her current work focuses on the xenophobia and nativism that haunt invasive plant species, and the relationship of science and religious nationalism in India.