Banu Subramaniam

Banu Subramaniam is the Luella LaMer Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College and the author of Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity (University of Illinois Press, 2014), Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism (University of Washington Press, 2019), and Botany of Empire: Plant Worlds and the Scientific Legacies of Colonialism (University of Washington Press, 2024). Trained as a plant evolutionary biologist, Banu engages the feminist studies of science in the practices of experimental biology. Banu’s current work focuses on decolonizing botany, nativism in plant biology, and the relationship of science and religious nationalism in India.