S (“Subu”) V Subramanian is Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University, Faculty Chair of the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. He is the Principal Investigator of the Geographic Insights Lab based at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. He is a Primary Faculty in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Core Faculty of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Harvard Department of Sociology. Subramanian was the Founding Director of Graduate Studies for the interdisciplinary PhD program in Population Health Sciences at Harvard.

Subramanian received his under- and post-graduate training at the University of Delhi, and completed his PhD in geography at the University of Portsmouth. He has published over 800 articles, book chapters, and books in the broad field of population health and well-being and in applied multilevel statistical methods. His current research interests include developing and applying data science approaches for precision public policy in the context of health, nutrition and development; and understanding individual and population heterogeneity in health and well-being from a multilevel and cross-comparative perspective. He has consistently been included in the Highly Cited Researchers list since 2015 (top 1% of cited publications in Web of Science).

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 a mentor, academic advisor and dissertation committee member. Subramanian is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Social Science & Medicine, a Co-Senior Editor of the social epidemiology office of Social Science & Medicine, and 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.