DISSERTATION PLANNING GRANT RECIPIENTS

2017

Crystal Whetstone (Political Science, University of Cincinnati), Advancing Women’s Political Participation in Wartime Environments through Political Motherhood.

2016

Nadia Augustyniak (Anthropology, Graduate Center, City University of New York), Exploring Socio-cultural Dimensions of Counselling and Psychosocial Care in Sri Lanka.

2015

Elizabeth Bittel (Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder), Disaster Recovery Paradigms and the Sri Lankan Context: A Comparative Study of Two Communities in Batticaloa.

Emily Burchfield (Environmental Studies, Vanderbilt University), Adaptive Water Management in the Sri Lankan Dry Zone.

Lakshika Senarath Gamage (Art History, UCLA), Embekke Devale: A Synthesis of Gampola and Kandy Period Art and Architecture.

Divya Kumar-Dumas (South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania), Periodizing a Landscape Plan for Sigiriya: The Visited Place, 7th–13th centuries CE.

Narmadha Senanayake (Geography, Pennsylvania State University), Unraveling the Human-Environment-Health Nexus: Mystery Kidney Disease and Agrarian Transformation in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone.

2014

Kalyani Ramnath (History, Princeton University), “Mrs. Senewiratne’s Suicide: Lawyers, Jurors and Medical Experts in the British Empire.”

2013

Philip Friedrich (Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania), “Regional Circulations and the Remaking of the Buddhasasana in Late-Medieval Sri Lanka.”

Devaka Gunawardena (Anthropology, UCLA), “Non-Governmental Organizations and State Reform in Post-War Sri Lanka.”

Hans Harmsen (Anthropology, University of Buffalo), ”Coastal hazards, resiliency and the co-evolution of human-natural systems along the southeast coast of Sri Lanka during the middle to late Holocene (ca 5000—1000 BC).”

Dian A.H. Shah (Law, Duke University), “Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion: South and Southeast Asia Arrangements.”

2012

Aimée Douglas (Anthropology, Cornell University), “Artisanal Nation: The Social Dynamics of Heritage Production in Sri Lanka.”

Justin Henry (Religious Studies, University of Chicago), “The Influence of Sanskrit Kavya on Medieval Sinhala Buddhist Literature.”

Melissa Langworthy (Development Studies, Tulane University), “Strategies of Capital Use and Asset Formation among Poor Women in Kandy Municipality.”

2011

Cenan Pirani, (History, University of California–Los Angeles), “Beginning Research on Portuguese Ceylon.”

2010

Bernardo Brown (Anthropology, Cornell University), “Unlikely Cosmopolitans: The Vernacular Modernity of Sri Lankan Return Migrants.”

Victor Nemchenok (History, University of Virginia), “Contesting World Order: International Development and the Search for Justice.”

2009

Kanchuka Dharmasiri (Comparative Literature, U. of Massachusetts–Amherst), “Transgressing Space and Subverting Hierarchies: A Comparative Analysis of Street Theater Groups in Sri Lanka, India, and the United States”.

Natalie E.F. Quli (Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union), “Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple Organizations in Diaspora”.

Cala Zubair (Linguistics, Georgetown University), “Youth Multiculturalism in Sri Lanka: An Ethnographic and Linguistic Study”.

2008

Annelies M. Goger (Geography, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill), “Managing Global Guilt on the Shop Floor: Ethical Apparel Initiatives in Mexico and Sri Lanka”.

Kaori Hatsumi (Anthropology, Columbia University), “The City of Joseph Vaz”.

Romesh Silva (Demography, University of California–Berkeley), “Demographic Estimation Techniques and Conflict-Related Mortality in Sri Lanka”.