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Nimanthi Rajasingham, assistant professor of English

Nimanthi Rajasingham

Assistant Professor of English
English, 414 Lathrop Hall
p 315-228-6957
Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham's book manuscript is tentatively titled "Ethnographic Fictions: Narrating Globalization during Sri Lanka's Dirty Ethnic War." Her book explores the relationship that colonialism and contemporary forms of globalization have to the production of ethnic categories and ethnic violence, as they are articulated in aesthetic content influenced heavily by ethnographic modes and forms of inquiry. To this end, she studies popular rural festivals, female workers' theater, novels on ethnic war, theaters of trauma and violence, and protest art and literatures. 

She completed her doctoral work at the English Department at Rutgers University (2013), and her Masters at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2002).

Research and Teaching Interests

Her research and teaching focus on Postcolonial Studies, Globalization Theory, Marxism, Anglophone Literature, Performance Studies, and Women's and Gender studies.


Global Cities, Contemporary Writers: Global Debates, African Literature, South Asian Literature, Core India, Women's Studies, Power and Justice in Postcolonial Literature



Ethnographic Fictions: Narrating Globalization During Sri Lanka's Dirty Ethnic War. (Under Contract with Northwestern University Press)


"'Work is War': the Biafran War and Neoliberalism in Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy." Forthcoming in Research in African Literatures.

“How Bodies Matter: Sri Lankan Working-Class Women’s Performances in a Time of War.” Contemporary South Asia 24.4 (2016): 374-386.

"The Factory is Like the Paddy-Field: Gam Udawa Performances, Ethnicity and Neoliberalism." South Asian Review 33.3 (January 2013): 275-293.

"Being Tamil in a Different Way: a Feminist Critique of the Tamil Nation." Co-author Radhika Coomaraswamy. Journal of the School of Languages and Literature, Jawaharlal Nehru University 8 (Autumn 2007): 71-96.

Edited and Introduced July ’83 and After. Special Issue of Nethra 6.1 & 2 (2003).

This was a 20th anniversary special issue that commemorated the 1983 pogrom in Sri Lanka.  In July 1983 thousands of ethnic Tamils were killed and their property destroyed.  In its aftermath, ethnic separatist war began in Sri Lanka.  This issue published new and seminal essays, and creative works on that traumatic event and its lasting repercussions.

Edited and Collaborative Work in Books

"Being Tamil in a Different Way: a Feminist Critique of the Tamil Nation." Co-author Radhika Coomaraswamy. Ed. R. Cheran, Pathways of Dissent: Tamil nationalism in Sri Lanka. New York: SAGE, 2009. (Sinhala version published in 2007)

Constellations of Violence: Gender and Representation in South Asia. Co-editor Radhika Coomaraswamy. New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2008. (Sinhala version published in 2011)

"The Politics of the Governed: Maternal Politics and Child Recruitment in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka." Co-editor Radhika Coomaraswamy, Constellations of Violence: Gender and Representation in South Asia. New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2008: 121-148.

Feminist Engagements with Violence: Contingent Moments from Sri Lanka. Co-authors Lisa Kois, and Rizvina De Alwis. Colombo: ICES, 2007.