Specializations: Social Transformation in Agrarian Societies, History and Ideology,
European Colonialism in Asia, Post-Colonial State-building, Ethno-Nationalism.
Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri’s current research focuses on the politics and ideology in
the Post-Colonial state-building in Sri Lanka. This research also attempts to locate
the Post Colonial Sri Lankan polity in the larger historical context, especially
with special attention to the evolution of a new social-cultural space in the region
consisted of Southern, Western and Central parts of the Island.
Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri is the author of:
§ The Adaptable Peasant: Agrarian Society in Western Sri Lanka under Dutch Rule,
1740-1800 (Brill: Leiden, 2008)
Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri Senior Lecturer in History (Visiting) BA, University of
Colombo; MPhil University of Colombo, Ph.D, Leiden University, The Netherlands
of History Faculty of Arts University of Colombo