Associate Professor

My primary research interest lies in the relationships between gender, race, colonialism and science. Primarily trained as a biologist, I am interested in building bridges between the natural sciences and the social sciences and the humanities. My current aim is to develop a "reconstructive" project for feminism and science. Woven across many disciplines and interdisciplines, my work seeks to reconnect the worlds of "natures" and "cultures." By bringing together scholarship from women's studies, biological sciences, science studies, postcolonial studies, and ethnic studies, I am attempting to develop innovative academic practices, informed and shaped by experimental practice in the sciences, and feminist scholarship from the humanities and social sciences.

Research Areas: Feminist Science Studies, Science Studies, Invasion Biology, Population Genetics, Postcolonial Studies.


Maralee Mayberry, Banu Subramaniam, Lisa Weasel eds. Feminist Science Studies: A New Generation. New York/London: Routledge. Summer 2001.

Banu Subramaniam. A Question of Variation: Gender, Race, and the Practice of Science (book manuscript in progress).

Banu Subramaniam, James Bever, Peggy Schultz. "Global Circulations: Nature, Culture and the Possibility of Sustainable Development." In Development of Post-Development: Which way for Women and Development? Kriemild Saunders ed., Zed Books, London (forthcoming).

Banu Subramaniam. "Imagining India: Religious Nationalism in the Age of Science and Devleopment." In Women, Culture and Development: Towards a New Paradigm. Priya Kurian, Kum-Kum Bhavnani, and John Foran eds. Zed Books, London (forthcoming).

Banu Subramaniam. "The Aliens Have Landed! Reflections on the Rhetoric of Biological Invasions." Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 26-40, 2001.

Banu Subramaniam. "Technoscientific Imaginations." Forum on Women's Studies and Interdisciplinarity. Feminist Studies. Vol. 27, no 3, 2001.

Banu Subramaniam. "And the Mirror Cracked: Culture in the Scholarship of the Sciences." In Feminist Science Studies: A New Generation. New York/London: Routledge. Summer 2001.

Banu Subramaniam and Michael Witmore. "Cross Pollinations: Tropes and Consequences in Scientific Writing." In (Re)Visions: Feminist and Gender Theory at the Turn of the Century, Gail Currie and Celia Rothenberg eds. Lexington Books,. 2000.

Banu Subramaniam. "Archaic Modernities.: Science, Secularism, and Religion in Modern India." Social Text 64, Vol. 18, No. 3, Fall 2000.

Banu Subramaniam and Mark Rausher. "Balancing Selection on a Floral Polymorphism." Evolution 54, Summer 2000.

Banu Subramaniam. "Snow Brown and the Seven Detergents: A Meta-Narrative on Science and the Scientific Method." Women's Studies Quarterly. Vol. XXVIII. Nos. 1&2, Spring/Summer 2000.