S V Subramanian (“Subu”) is a Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University, and Director of a University-wide Initiative on Applied Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences. He was also the Founding Director of Graduate Studies for the interdisciplinary PhD program in Population Health Sciences.
He received his under- and post-graduate training at the University of Delhi, and completed his PhD in geography from the University of Portsmouth, UK. Working in collaborations with scholars across the world, he has published over 500 articles, book chapters, and books in the field of social and contextual determinants of health, health inequalities in India, and applied multilevel statistical models. He was named among Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers in 2015 and 2016.
Subramanian's current research interests include exploring the role of individual heterogeneity in population health narratives, the reciprocal association between neighborhoods and health; and understanding the causes and consequences of undernutrition and development among children in disadvantaged settings. As an educator, Subu was the first to develop a course on the concept and application of multilevel statistical methods at Harvard, which he has been successfully teaching at Harvard since 2001, as well as around the world.
He has advised over 100 masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students as mentor, academic advisor and dissertation committee member. Subu is the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the international journal Social Science & Medicine (SSM), in addition to be being a Co-Senior Editor for the social epidemiology office of SSM. He is also the founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of a new journal SSM – Population Health. He is an editorial consultant to The Lancet, and an international advisory board member for the Lancet Global Health.