Department of Political Science

University of Peradeniya


Dr. Athula Withanawasam

Head of Department
BA(Hons.), MA, PhD

+94 77 3708241


  • Ph.D. (2015) War Politics and Poverty Alleviation in Ampara District , Sri Lanka (1985-2009) University of Peradeniya/ NTNU, Trondhem.
  • Master of Arts in Political Science (2000) Electoral Administration and Political Violence in Sri Lanka (1987-1989) University of Peradeniya.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science 1990, Second Class Upper Division, university of Peradeniya.


  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science (2000 to date)
  • Academic Sub Warden, Akbar Nell Hall, University of Peradeniya (1990-2000)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Ruhuna (2005-2007)
  • Co-Controller, G.C.E ( Advanced Level) Examination, Department of Examination (2012- to date)
  • Senior Student Councellor, University of Peradeniya (2006)
  • Resource Person, Center for Human Rights, University of Peradeniya

Research Interests

  • Politics of Poverty and Poverty Alleviation, Electoral Politics, Government and Politics in Sri Lanka.

Awards and scholarships

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Membership of professional/scholarly societies

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