Faculty Allies

The current SBBCLE-WGHI SC Faculty Allies are listed below.


Mangala Mangala Subramaniam
Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Mangala Subramaniam is Professor and Butler Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence since 2017 and the current State Co-Director of the ACE Women’s Network of Indiana. Diversity and inclusion are at the core of programs and workshops she has initiated in leading the Butler Center. She emphasizes inclusionary practices to support faculty success because she is aware that faculty – particularly women and faculty of color - are motivated and productive if they can thrive in academic spaces. Her primary research areas are: gender (and its intersections with race, ethnicity, caste, and class), social movements and transnational movements, and Higher Education. I am the Editor for the new book series, Navigating Careers in Higher Education through Purdue University Press.
Laura Zanotti Laura Zanotti
Professor, Anthropology
Laura Zanotti is a feminist political ecologist and interdisciplinary social scientist who partners with communities to support how Indigenous Peoples, Traditional Peoples, and Local Communities’ livelihoods and well-being can be sustained and to identify the pathways that shape just futures. She specializes in collaborative, transdisciplinary projects and creating ethnographic teams. She prioritizes decolonial STEAM education as a critical space for engagement. Zanotti joined the Purdue Faculty in 2009 and am a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of the Center for the Environment. 


Patricia Davies Patricia Davies
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Patricia Davies is a professor of Mechanical Engineering with a courtesy appointment in Psychological Sciences. She joined the faculty in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue in 1987, and 2005-2019 she served as Director of the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories. Her vibrations and acoustics research is focused on information processing and model development, and is sponsored by government and industry.  She is a founder member of Purdue’s Women Faculty in Engineering Committee, and has received Purdue’s COE Mentoring Award and ASME’s Per Brüel Gold Medal.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering and the Acoustical Society of America.
Karen Foli
Karen Foli
Associate Professor, Nursing
Karen Foli, an active researcher, author, and educator, was recognized by Purdue University with the 2020 Trailblazer Award for making a significant impact in social sciences. A common theme in Dr. Foli’s work is trauma-informed care for non-traditional families and nurses working at the bedside. Her books,  including The   Influence of Psychological Trauma in Nursing (co-author, John Thompson, MD), have been recognized nationally. Dr. Foli has received external funding through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and various foundations. Dr. Foli is listed in the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers (2018).
Maria Marshall
Maria Marshall
Professor, Agricultural Economics
Dr. Maria Marshall is Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and Director of the Purdue Institute for Family Business. Dr. Marshall has a nationally and internationally recognized integrated Extension, research, and teaching program focused on small and family business development. Her program thrust is to increase the viability and sustainability of small and family businesses as they develop and mature through their life cycles. Her research provides relevant information and publications to entrepreneurs, family business owners, and policy makers. Dr. Marshall’s scholarly leadership in small business research is sought out by policy centers and organizations nationwide.
Aparajita Sagar
Associate Professor, English
Aparajita Sagar is Associate Professor of English at Purdue, specializing in postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and feminist theories and literatures. Her research and teaching focus on the Global South, and include Caribbean, South Asian and Asian American literatures. She is the author of a recent (fall 2019) article in Butler Center's Working Papers Series, ‘Navigating Careers in the Academy: Gender, Race, and Class’ on institutional climates, microaggressions, and women faculty of color.
Dawn Stinchcomb Dawn Stinchcomb
Associate Professor, Latin American Literature and Culture
Dawn F. Stinchcomb is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American literature in the School of Languages and Cultures at. Purdue University.  Specializing in Afro-Latin American literature and culture, her research focuses on the topics of gender, racial, and cultural identity within the concept of national identity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her current project, for a monograph titled: Urgent Words, Compulsory Silences: Black Activism, the Black Cuban Press, and the Cost of Cuban Citizenship,  brings to light the impact of the 19 th-century black Cuban press upon contemporary Black activism in Cuba.