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"Mam, I read your book The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka: Terrorism, Ethnicity, Political Economy (London: Routledge, 2008 forthcoming), pp. xiv+288pp. It is very interesting and I think the book is more biased and Concluding Chapter is not…"
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I teach at Georgetown specializing in Comparative Politics and South Asia. My courses include, Comparative Ethnic and Religious Conflict, Democracy in South Asia, Global Social Movements, Women in International Security and Conflict Analysis: Theoretical Debates and Case Studies.

I was educated at the University of Sri Lanka, Bryn Mawr (B.A.) and Yale University (Ph.D.). I taught at Yale, Brandeis, Macalester and at Mount Holyoke College, MA where I received tenure. I am the author of Colonialism in Sri Lanka (Mouton,1983), Women, Population and Global Crisis (Zed,1997) and numerous other publications on South Asia, global political-economy, ethnicity, gender, population, ecology and related topics. I recently published The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka: Terrorism, Ethnicity, Political Economy.

I serve on the boards of a number of publications and professional organizations including Critical Asian Studies, The National Advisory Council on South Asian Affairs and The Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics. I have received numerous fellowships for my work, organized many forums and symposia and presented hundreds of lectures and media interviews around the world in my areas of expertise.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Sri Lanka
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
United States
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Georgetown Professor
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Conflict Resolution, Conflict Mainstreaming, Gender, Environment
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka: Terrorism, Ethnicity, Political Economy (London: Routledge, 2008 forthcoming), pp. xiv+288pp.

Women, Population and Global Crisis: A Political-Economic Analysis, (London: Zed Books, 1997; second printing 1998, pp. xiii + 397pp.).

Colonialism in Sri Lanka: The Political Economy of the Kandyan Highlands, 1833-1886 (Berlin: Mouton, 1983) pp. xiv+404 pp. (paperback-Colombo: Lake House Publishers, 1985, pp. xiv+404. pp.).


"The Sri Lankan Conflict: A Multi-Polar Approach". Harvard International Review.

"Control Cash Not People". The Ecologist.


‘Beyond Globalization and Ethno-Religious Fundamentalism”, Development,Volume 47, No.1, 2004, pp.35-41.

“The Sri Lanka Peace Process”, Features, Island, Sunday July 4, 2004.

“Ethno-Religious Evolution in Pre-Colonial Sri Lanka”, Ethnic Studies Report, vol. XXI, No.2, July 2003.

“Broadening the Prospects for Peace in Sri Lanka”, The Hindu, 8, December 2002.

“The Sri Lankan Conflict: Broadening the Debate”, Sri Lanka Express, Issue 24, July 21,2000, pp.4, 15 and in Peacework, Vol.27, Issue 309, October 2000, pp.6-8.

“Connecting Activism in the North and the South”, Curricular Crossings: Women’s Studies and Area Studies pp.1-4.

“Globalization and the Social Crisis in Sri Lanka”, Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka), May 21, 2000, p.6.

“College Degrees Bear Bitter Fruit in Sri Lanka,” Chronicle of Higher Education, December 18, 1998, p.B8 (reprinted in Sri Lanka Express January 22, 1999, p.7).

“Women and Social Change in Sri Lanka: Towards A Theoretical Framework,” Center for Women’s Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1998,pp.1-35.

“Economic Inequality, Not Overpopulation, Is the Key Issue.” The Christian Science Monitor, July 14, 1997, Op-Ed. Page.

“Fundamentalism and Women’s Rights”, Political Environments, Issue no.2, Summer 1995,pp.1-9-10.

“Peace in Sri Lanka: Obstacles and Opportunities”, The Island, August 10,1993, p.9 and August 11,1993, p.9.

“In Search of A New World Order”, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol.14, No.4, 1991, pp.345-355.

“ Women and Capitalist Development in Sri Lanka, 1977-1987”, The Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Vol.20, no.2, 1988, pp.57-81.

"Women in Development: Liberalism, Marxism and Marxist-Feminism", Development and Change, vol. 15, no. 4, 1984, pp. 495-515.

"The Establishment and Consolidation of the Plantation Economy of Sri Lanka", Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, vol. 14, no. 3, 1982, pp. 2-22.

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At 8:22am on March 17, 2012, K.B. THANGAVEL said…

Mam, I read your book The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka: Terrorism, Ethnicity, Political Economy (London: Routledge, 2008 forthcoming), pp. xiv+288pp.

It is very interesting and I think the book is more biased and Concluding Chapter is not fully describe about Globalization and Conflict.

At 9:11pm on November 28, 2008, Father Robin Sahaya said…
Mam, I just read about you , you are intresting. I am on my net working with Human right activist from India. I want to work fore the bonded labourers . aAnyway if you are intrested can very work togther.
fr. robin
At 4:47pm on November 19, 2008, Waheed Ahmad said…

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