Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya


Dr. R. M. Abeyrathne

BA (Bowdon College, USA), M.A. (University of Washington), M. A. (Mahidol University,Thailand ), PhD (Bangalore)
Medical Anthropology / Anthropology

+94 77 1525535


  • Ph.D. (2010) Developments in the State patronage of Traditional Medicine in Sri Lanka 1900-1980) University College London, University of London, United Kingdom.
  • M. A. 2001: Programmme in Medical & Health Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mahidol University,Thailand. Master’s Thesis: “Induced Abortion: A Societal Problem in Sri Lanka”
  • M. A .1993: South Asian Studies, with Anthropology concentration, University of Washington, Seattle, USA Master’s Degree papers: (1) “Sinhalese Ethnicity and Buddhism”, (2) Dharma and the Anthropology of Development: The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka
  • B.A.1991: Bowdon College, Brunswick, ME 04011, USA, Majored in Anthropology.
  • 1985-1988: Undergraduate, University of Peradeniya, followed the Sociology Special Degree Programme.


  • Senior Lecturer (Grade I), Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya,
  • Warden, Akbar Nell Hall, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • 2005: Visiting Lecturer, American College of Higher Education, Kandy Branch, Introduction to Anthropology.
  • 2005: Visiting Lecturer, Public Health Inspector's Diploma Course, Batches
  • 2004/2006/2009/10 Regional Health Center , Kadugannawa , Sri Lanka.

Research Interests

  • Research interest areas are Medical Anthropology and Anthropology


  • 2004: Theories of Sociology and Anthropology (in Sinhala), Kandy , 2004 (Second Print, (First of Projected multi –volume series on theory, second Volume is being written at present).
  • 2003: Factors Affecting Women to Undergo Induced Abortion (Abstract), Peradeniya University Research Sessions, PURSE 2003.
  • 2001: Co-author, Social Harmony in Higher Education in Sri Lankan Universities, Report Submitted to the World Bank for Restructuring Undergraduate Education Sri Lankan
  • 2001: Coauthor, Conflict Threat or Opportunity ? Land Use and Coping Strategies War-Affected Communities in Trincomalee , Sri Lanka , Published by Center for Advanced Training in Rural Development, Hambolt University , Berlin , Germany .
  • 2001: “Scientific Sociology: Auguste Comte's Sociological Theory” (in Sinhala), Samaja Vimasuma (Sociological Review ),2001.

Awards and scholarships

  • 2005-2009: World Bank Scholarship, Under the IRQUE Project, Ministry of Higher Education Sri Lanka
  • 2005-2008: Grant from the National Center for the Advancement of Humanities and Social Sciences, University Grants Commission, Colombo , Sri Lanka
  • 1999-2001: Ford Foundation Scholarship, Mahidol University , Thailand
  • 1989-1991: Bowdoin College Scholarship
  • 188-1989: Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Educational Programme ( ISLE ) Traveling Fellowship to Bowdoin College , Maine , 04011 , USA .
  • 1985-1988: Mahapola merit Scholarship, University of Peradeniya , Kandy , Sri Lanka .