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Dr. Vidya Subramanian

Dr. Vidya Subramanian

Associate Professor, Jindal School of Government & Public Policy (JSGP)

M.A. (TISS, Mumbai);

M.Phil., Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)


Dr. Vidya Subramanian is an Associate Professor at the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) since 2021. She is a sociologist studying how enterprise cultures shape the governance of public education. Her current research follows consultants and think tanks as they advocate for technology-based and data-driven interventions to reform education. Her areas of expertise include technical education, gender and entrepreneurship, education policy, data and governance.

She received her PhD and MPhil from the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, during which she was a doctoral fellow at the Transnational Research Group (TRG) of the Max Weber Foundation-German Humanities Institutes Abroad. Prior to joining JSGP, she has taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and has also been a consultant to the Tata Trusts. She also holds an MA in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

At JSGP she teaches foundation courses in sociology, gender and development and advanced elective courses in education policy.

Journal articles

  • Subramanian, Vidya. (2022). ‘Channeling compassion towards change: Elite volunteerism, Corporate philanthropy and education reform in urban India’. Contemporary South Asia. DOI: 10.1080/09584935.2022.2110569.
  • Subramanian, Vidya. (2019). ‘Parallel partnerships: Teach for India and new institutional regimes in municipal schools in New Delhi’. International Studies in Sociology of Education. DOI: 10.1080/09620214.2019.1668288.
  • Subramanian, Vidya. (2018). ‘From Government to Governance: Teach for India and new networks of reform in school education’. Contemporary Education Dialogue. 15 (1): 1-30. DOI: 10.1177/0973184917742247.
  • K.S., Vidya and Padma M. Sarangapani. (2011). ‘Is Education News?’. Economic & Political Weekly. XLVI (42): 69-76.

Book chapters

  • Sayed, Yusuf; Vidya Subramanian and Manish Jain. (2020). ‘Framing teachers in National Education Policy and in the popular media: Discourses on teachers and their work in South Asia’. In Handbook of Education Systems in South Asia, edited by Padma M. Sarangapani and Rekha Pappu. Berlin: Springer.
  • Subramanian, Vidya. (2020). ‘“We aren’t teachers, we are leaders”: Situating the Teach for India programme.’ In Teach For All Counter Narratives: International Perspectives on a Global Reform Movement, edited by T. Jameson Brewer, Kathleen deMarrais and Kelly L. McFaden. Bern: Peter Lang.

Book reviews

  • Subramanian, Vidya. (2022). Examining Teach for All: International Perspectives on a Growing Global Network, by Matthew A.M. Thomas, Emilee Rauschenberger and Katherine Crawford-Garrett. Policy Futures in Education. 0 (0): 1-3.
  • Subramanian, Vidya. (2019). Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia, by Shenila Khoja-Moolji. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. 50 (3): 455–457.
  • Subramanian, Vidya. (2018). The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age, by Julian Sefton-Green and Sonia Livingstone. International Studies in Sociology of Education. 27 (1): 100­–102.
  • Subramanian, Vidya. (2009). This Gift of English: English Education and the Formation of Alternative Hegemonies in India, by Alok K. Mukherjee. Economic and Political Weekly. 44 (32): 30–32.
  • 2019-2021: Co-Principal Investigator on an international comparative study on teacher education across BRICS nations, in collaboration with School of Education & Social Work, University of Sussex and Centre for Excellence in Teacher Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Funded by the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration, Ministry of Education, Government of India.)