S V Subramanian

Professor of Population Health and Geography

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

S (“Subu”) V Subramanian is a Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University, and chair of the Faculty Advisory Group for the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. 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 700 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 has consistently been included in the Highly Cited Researchers (top 1% of cited publications in Web of Science) list since 2015. His current research interests are developing and applying data science approaches for precision public policy in the context of health, nutrition and development. As an educator, Subramanian 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 150 masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students as mentor, academic advisor and dissertation committee member. Subramanian 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 SSM – Population Health, winner of the 2020 PROSE Award for Best New Journal in Social Sciences. He is an editorial consultant to The Lancet, and an international advisory board member for The Lancet Global Health.

Other Harvard Affiliations

Core Faculty, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Faculty Associate, The Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Faculty Affiliate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Chair, CGA Faculty Advisory Group, Center for Geographic Analysis


Ph.D. (Geography), 2000, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
M.Phil. (Geography), 1993, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India.
M.A. (Geography), 1991, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India.
B.A. (Honours, Geography), 1989, University of Delhi, India.