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Dr. Janaki Jayawardena

Course Director - PGD in Politics and Governance

Dr. Janaki Jayawardena

BA (University of Peradeniya) ,M.Phil (University of Peradeniya)
PhD (University of York)

With over three decades of teaching experience at the University of Colombo, Dr. Janaki Jayawardena is a pioneer in cultural history, particularly focused on gender and women’s issues. Holding a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from the University of York, UK, and an M.Phil. in History from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, the academic journey reflects a commitment to excellence, highlighted by numerous accolades, including a Commonwealth Scholarship.

A linguistic adept in Sinhala and English, this historian’s expertise extends beyond the classroom. A published author and presenter at international conferences, their work delves into societal barriers, transformative politics, and the colonial legacy’s impact on gender and nationalism. Their publications, including a book review in Feminist Theory, showcase a dedication to advancing knowledge in cultural history.

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