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Sushma Subramanian - University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA, US

Sushma Subramanian

Assistant Professor | University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA, UNITED STATES

Subramanian is a journalist whose topics take her to the far reaches of the world.




Sushma Subramanian is a journalist whose research focuses on how science can explain phenomena that we face day to day. She has written on topics ranging from the latest in iPad technology, to the under-diagnosis of ADHD in women versus men, to why our skin tingles when we listen to beautiful music. Her work has taken her to a remote Chinese village housing men that are part of the country’s new “bachelor class,” to the research headquarters of Germany’s biggest automaker and to the table of an innovative London restaurant that builds its menu around sensory neuroscience. She teaches news reporting and writing. Her favorite course is magazine journalism, which celebrates the type of work that allows journalists to delve deeply into their subjects and write about the material they collect using the techniques of fiction.​

Areas of Expertise (4)

Print Journalism



Science Journalism

Education (2)

Columbia University: M.A., Journalism 2008

University of Southern California: B.A., Print Journalism, Political Science 2005

Media Appearances (3)

How breast milk banks could avert the next formula crisis

National Geographic  online


Sushma Subramanian, associate professor of journalism, published a story in National Geographic on how Brazil has become the world's leader in breast milk banking, inspiring similar programs in other countries.

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How Well Do You Know Your Sense of Touch?

Discover Magazine  online


Several years ago, Sushma Subramanian was procrastinating on her work when she noticed her desk was a bit wobbly.

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Born to Swim

Hakai magazine  online


I’m nervous as I jump from the boat into the water.

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