Dr. Mathangi Subramanian
Specialization: Education
Home institution in US: City Council of New York, New York City
Host Institution in India: Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, Karnataka  
Start date/Month in India: January 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Mathangi Subramanian is a senior policy analyst for the policy division of the New York City Council where she covers education for Speaker Christine Quinn. A former high school science teacher, Dr. Subramanian holds an Ed.D. in education from Columbia University Teachers College in New York, where she received numerous honors including a Jacob Javits Fellowship, a Teachers College Office of Policy and Research Fellowship and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Her scholarly work has appeared in Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, Current Issues in Comparative Education, and the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, and she is co-editing an academic volume on immigration, education and policy with Dr. Jill Koyama of State University of New York, Buffalo. Her creative work has appeared in Kahani, Skipping Stones and the anthology Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists (Seal Press 2010). She is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia Teachers College and sits on the board of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, where she recently completed a one year term as co-chair.

Dr. Subramanian’s Fulbright research project, “Promoting Quality Early Childhood Pedagogy in India,” will identify best practices and challenges (including policy barriers) to training early childhood educators using an ethnographic vertical case study approach. Her goal for the project is to work with Azim Premji University to develop high quality training programs for early childhood educators, many of whom are young, working-class or low-income women without access to training programs, and a policy framework for promoting early childhood education throughout the country.