Name: Snr. Prof. G. B. Keerawella
Office Address:  Department of History, University of Peradeniya.
Telephone:  0714430475
Personal Website:   
  • Ph. D. ( British Columbia) Ph.D. Dissertation: The Growth of Superpower Naval Rivalry in the Indian Ocean and Sri Lankan Response
  • M.A. (Windsor) M.A. Dissertation: The Origins of the New Left in Sri Lanka
  • B.A.( Hons.) (Peradeniya)
Educational Qualifications:
  • Ph. D. ( British Columbia) Ph.D. Dissertation: The Growth of Superpower Naval Rivalry in the Indian Ocean and Sri Lankan Response
  • M.A. (Windsor) M.A. Dissertation: The Origins of the New Left in Sri Lanka
  • B.A.( Hons.) (Peradeniya)
Appointments (Selected)
  • Senior Professor, Dept. of History, University of Peradeniya ( 2005 to the Present)
  • Head, Department of History, University of Peradeniya (2005-2010)
  • Professor, Dept. of History, University of Peradeniya (2002-2005)
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of History, University of Peradeniya (1993- 2002)
  • Senior Lecturer, Dept. of History, University of Peradeniya (1988-1993)
  • Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka (2002-2003, 2004-2005)
  • Secretary, Ministry of Ethnic Affairs, National Integration and Mineral Resources Development (2000-2001)
  • Director, National Integration Programme Unit (NIPU), Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Ethnic Affairs & National Integration (1998-2000)
  • Coordinator, Strategy and Research Committee (SRC), Ministry of Planning, Plan Implementation, Ethnic Affairs and National Integration (1996-1998)
Memberships & Awards
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Centre for Contemporary Theory, Varodara, India Oct-Dec 2006
  • Japan Foundation Senior Fellowship, Institute of Developing Economies, Wakaba, Mihama-Ku, Chiba, Japan 2003-2004
  • Senior Research Fellowship, Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung Sri Lanka , Colombo-4, Sri Lanka 2002-2003
  • Senior Fulbright Fellowship, Centre for South Asia Studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.1993-1994
  • IOCPS Senior Visiting Fellowship, Indian Ocean Centre for Peace Studies Univ. of Western Australia, Australia April-Dec,1991
  • International visiting Fellowship, USIA, Washington, D.C., United States, of America 1990
  • Frederick H. Soward Memorial Fellowship, Offered Jointly by Political Science and History Departments, UBC, Canada 1997-1998
  • University of British Colombia Graduate Fellowship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, UBC, Canada 1983-1984
  • Adelphian Scholarship, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada 1982
  • Director, Institute for International Studies (IIS), Sri Lanka (1988 to the present)
  • Director, South Asian Policy & Research Institute (SAPRI), Sri Lanka (2000 to the present)
  • Founder Member, Social Scientist Association (SSA)
  • Life Member, Sri Lanka Historical Association
  • Member, American Studies Association of Sri Lanka
Keynote/Invited Papers:
  • "Knowledge, Culture and Management Research", Keynote Address, Annual Research Sessions, Faculty of Management & Finance, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. 30 Aug, 2000
  • "Crisis of the State and Politica Violence in Sri Lanka", Brown-Bag Lecture Series, South Asian Institute, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.. 4 May 1994
  • "Indian Ocean after the Cold War: Security considerations", Fulbright Forum of California, San Francisco University, California, U.S.A. 28 April 1994
  • "Peace and Stability to the South Asian Region, Problems and Prospects", Visiting Lecture Series, Asian Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 15 March 1995
  • "Agricultural Management Policy in Asia" Asian Cultural Forum on Development (ACFOD)– Regional Consultation World Economic Institute (WEI), Hanoi, Vietnam 24-31 Oct. 1990
  • UN Committees, International Conferances and Meetings of Specialist More
Research Interests:
  • Socio-political mobilizations and Protest in Modern Sri Lanka
  • National Integration and Peace Building in Plural Societies
  • Power politics in South Asia and in the Indian Ocean
  • on-going research:
  • Reconfiguration of Peace and Security in South Asia : Evolving terrains and changing priorities
Research Publications (Selected)
  • Gamini Keerawella , From National Security to Human Security: Evolving Security Discourse in Sri Lanka , Dhaka : Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), 2008.
  • Gamini Keerawella , Japan in South Asia in the Context of New Discourse on Peace and Security, Chiba : Institute of Developing Economies, 2005 .
  • Gamini Keerawella , “Pursuit of Sustainable Peace and the Military Defeat of LTTE: insights inro Post-War Scenarios” in Conflict in Sri Lanka- Internaland External Consequences, V.R. Raghavan, ed., ( New Delhi : Vij Books India Pvt Ltd, 2011) 61-96
  • Gamini Keerawella , Human Security and Extremism in Sri Lanka : Synergy and Conflict ”, in Human Security Approaches to Counter Extremism in South Asia : Relevance of Japanese Culture, Shaheen Afroze, ed., ( Dhaka : Academic Press and Publishers Library, 2010) 64-92.
  • Gamini Keerawella , “Buddhist Responses to Western Colonialism in Sri Lanka from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century”, in Modernization and Buddhism of South East Asia - Publication of the 2009 Fall Academic Seminar, (Seoul: Korean Buddhist Research Institute of Dongguk University, 2009), 43-65.
  • More Publications (over 30 International Publications)
Other Credentials:
  • Teaching Areas:
  • Historiography, History Methodology , Modern Sri Lankan History, Power Politics in the Indian Ocean, Modern European History