Nimanthi Rajasingham completed her dissertation titled, "Performing Ethnic Identities in Global Economies: Power and Resistance in Sri Lanka's Dirty War," from the English Department at Rutgers University (2013). Her thesis explores the interconnections between contemporary forms of globalization and ethnic war as they are articulated in aesthetic form and content. To this end, she studied popular rural festivals, female workers' theater, novels on ethnic war, and theaters of trauma and violence.
Research and Teaching Interests
Her research and teaching focus on postcolonial studies, globalization theory, Anglophone literature, performance studies, and women and gender studies.
Contemporary Writers: Global Debates
Edited and Collaborative Work in Books
- "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.
- "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.