Narendra Subramanian

Narendra Subramanian, Professor of Political Science at McGill University, studies the politics of nationalism, ethnicity, religion, gender, caste, and race comparatively, focusing on India. Subramanian’s first book (Ethnicity and Populist Mobilization: Political Parties, Citizens and Democracy in South India, Oxford University Press, 1999) examined why intermediate and lower status group mobilization through discourses of language and caste reinforced democracy and tolerance in Tamil Nadu. A revised edition is forthcoming. His second book (Nation and Family: Personal Law, Cultural Pluralism, and Gendered Citizenship in India, Stanford University Press, 2014), of which a revised edition was published in 2022, explained the course of India’s religious personal laws in comparison with other countries with distinct family laws. His main current project, From Bondage to Citizenship: The Enfranchisement and Advancement of Dalits and African Americans, compares how political rights influenced the socio-economic status of two historically bonded groups, focusing on two regions of historically high ethnic inequality, the deltas of the Kaveri and the Mississippi rivers He is also working on another project on Multiracial and Multiethnic Redistributive Populisms. Subramanian got his B.A. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Course offered:

Core Policy Course: Comparative Government Structures


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Political Science) 

M.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Political Science)

B.A., Princeton University (Public and International Affairs)


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