Name: Rajeewa Suresh Jayasinghe  (Ph.D.)

 

Office Address: 
Department of History, University of Peradeniya.
Email: 
rajeewa_jayasinghe@yahoo.com
Telephone: 

+94 071-3355345

+94 081-2213018
Personal Website: 
 
Biography:
  • Date of Birth:        18.09.1966
  • Sex:                      Male
  • Nationality:           Sri Lankan                                                           
  • Civil Status:          Single
  • School Attended: Trinity College, Kandy, Sri Lanka

    Travelled in Nigeria (1982), Italy (1982), India (1994, 2000-2003, 2004, 2006), United States (1996-1998

  • Aspiring Musician: Guitar & vocals.                                 
             
Educational Qualifications:
Obtained a Ph.D. in Modern History from the Centre for Historical Studies (CHS) at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India, 2003.  

Title of the thesis:
From Crown Colony to Nation State:  The Transfer of Power in
Sri Lanka (Ceylon), 1931-1948 

  • Obtained a Masters Degree in Modern History from the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, 1998 

Title of the thesis:
         The Transfer of Power from the British Colonial State to the
         Sri Lankan Nation State, 1931-1948

  • Obtained a First Class Honours Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in History from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1992
  • Obtained a Diploma in International Affairs at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), Colombo Sri Lanka, 1989
Appoinments (Selected)
  •   Senior Lecturer, Grade I of the Department of History of the University of    Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, May 2008 to date.
  • Lecturer (Probationary) of the Department of History of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1998 to 2003
  • Temporary Assistant Lecturer of the Department of History of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1992 to 1996 
Visiting Appointments
  • Teaching and assisting the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Programme affiliated with the University of Peradeniya.  The ISLE members are Bates, Bowdoin, Carleton, Colby Grinnell, Holy Cross, Swarthmore and Whitman College which rank high in the list of the Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States, 2007 to date. 
  • Consultant to Transparency International (TI), Colombo to review a training course and development of teaching material for its course on “Integrity in Local Government”, September 15 to November 15, 2008
  • Unit Author for the Certificate Course in Social Sciences of the Department of Social Studies for the Open University of Sri Lanka, 01.04.2008 to 30.10.2008 
  • Research Associate and Assistant Director (Research) of the International Centre for International Studies (ICES), Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2003-2008
Memberships & Awards
  • Awarded the SAARC Scholarship by the Indian Government to pursue a Ph.D. at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India from August 2000 to May 2003. 
  • Awarded the Fulbright Scholarship by the United States Government to pursue an MA at the University of Texas at Austin, USA from August 1996 to August 1998.
  • Winner of the Honourable Performance Award on the 11th course on American Civilization conducted by the American Study Research Centre (ASRC), Hyderabad, India held from the 30th December 1993 to 30th January 1994   
  • Chulalongkorn Prize for History: endowed in 1980 and awarded to the candidate with the highest aggregate (not less than 65%) on the performance at the Special Arts Degree Examination on the History of South East Asia from 1500 at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1991 
  • Asoka Prize for History: endowed by the High Commission of India in 1953 and awarded on the basis of the Special Arts Degree Examination at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1992
  • F.H.M. Corbett Prize for Ceylon History:  endowed by D.R. Wijewardena and awarded to the most competitive student in Ceylon History at the Special Arts Degree Examination at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1992
  • Mabel Jayasuriya Prize for History:  endowed by S.E.M. Jayasuriya in 1953 and awarded to the best student in Sri Lankan History at the Special Arts Degree Examination at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1992
  • Prize for Best Results in the Humanities and the Social Sciences at Trinity College, Kandy awarded at the College Prize Giving, 1987. (Secondary Education)  
Keynote/Invited Papers:
  • Presented a Paper titled Civil Society in Sri Lanka: Strengths and Weaknesses at the Peradeniya University Research Sessions (PURSE) held at the Faculty of Science, 18th December 2008  
  • Presented a conference paper titled Sri Lanka’s Foreign Relations in the Context of Violent Conflict in an International Conference titled “Violent Conflict, Terrorism and Nation Building: National and International Responses in Sri Lanka and other South Asian Countries”  in Kandy at Hotel Citadel, Sri Lanka, August 3-4, 2007
  • Presented a conference paper titled An Introduction to Conflict Studies at the 4th Conference  of the Association for the Study of Australasia in Asia (ASAA) held at Hotel Suisse, kandy, 2nd – 5th December 2008
  • Presented a conference paper titled Evolution of the Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: Historical Perspectives in an International Workshop titled “Ethnicity in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Issues” in Bangkok at Chulalongkorn University & Ubon University in Thailand, September 5th-9th, 2007
  • Presented a conference paper tiled:  Regional Disparity and Civil Society in Sri Lanka in an International Conference titled Civil Society & Democratic Space in South Asia:  Civic Interactions, Economic Development and Regional Peace in New Delhi, India, organized by the Centre for Policy Affairs, January 2006 

Attended a seminar/workshop titled Asia Together in Goa, India, 2004

  • Presented a conference paper tiled: An Introduction to Conflict Case Studies: A Toolkit in an International Conference titled Conflict Resolution organized by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy at Hotel Topaz, Kandy, 2004. 
 
Research Interests:
  • Anticorruption/Governance/Civil Society Strengthening
  • Conflict Studies
  • Local Government in Sri Lanka 
Research Publications (Selected)
  • “Civil Society Organizations in Sri Lanka: Their Inherent Strengths and Weaknesses” in Modern Sri Lanka Studies Vol. II (New Series), No 02, 2007, University of Peradeniya, pp. 43-59. 
  • Presented a conference paper titled An Introduction to Conflict Studies at the 4th Conference  of the Association for the Study of Australasia in Asia (ASAA) held at Hotel Suisse, kandy, 2nd – 5th December 2008
  • Presented a conference paper titled Evolution of the Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: Historical Perspectives in an International Workshop titled “Ethnicity in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Issues” in Bangkok at Chulalongkorn University & Ubon Rajathanee University in Thailand, September 5th-9th, 2007
  • Presented a conference paper tiled:  Regional Disparity and Civil Society in Sri Lanka in an International Conference titled Civil Society & Democratic Space in South Asia:  Civic Interactions, Economic Development and Regional Peace in New Delhi, India, organized by the Centre for Policy Affairs, January 2006 
  • Attended a seminar/workshop titled Asia Together in Goa, India, 2004
  • Presented a conference paper tiled: An Introduction to Conflict Case Studies: A Toolkit in an International Conference titled Conflict Resolution organized by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy at Hotel Topaz, Kandy, 2004.  
  • A chapter titled “The History of Local Government in Sri Lanka” in a forthcoming ICES publication titled Local Government Reform in Sri Lanka: Anticorruption/Governance/Civil Society Strengthening.
  • Participant of the American Civilization program conducted by the American Study Research Centre (ASRC), Hyderabad, India held from 30th December 1993 to 30th January 1994.   
Other Credentials:
  • Secretary, Old Trinitians Sports Club (OTSC), September 2008/2010
  • Faculty Representative in the Sports Council of the University of Peradeniya, 2007/2010
  • Senior Treasurer of the History Association (Curia Historica) of the University of Peradeniya, 2004/2008.
  • Guest Editor of the Ethnic Studies Report (ESR) of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy, 2007.
  • Faculty Representative for the Career Guidance Unit of the University of Peradeniya, 1994/1996.
  • Awarded Full Colours by the University of Peradeniya for Table Tennis, Weight Lifting, and Wrestling, 1989/90, 1990/91.