Asoka Bandarage, Adjunct Distinguished Professor in the Women's Spirituality online MA and PhD at CIIS Asoka Bandarage

Distinguished Adjunct Professor
Women's Spirituality
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, MA, Yale University

BA, Bryn Mawr College

Scholar and practitioner Asoka Bandarage has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Mount Holyoke (where she received tenure), Georgetown, American and other universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad. Her research interests include social philosophy and consciousness; environmental sustainability, human well-being and health, global political-economy, ethnicity, gender, population, social movements and South Asia.

With a multidisciplinary approach to education, publishing, forums, ecology and activism, her unique holistic approach has informed her extensive experience in:

  • Research and publishing in social philosophy and consciousness, environmental sustainability, human well-being, international development, political economy, women and gender studies, multiculturalism, conflict analysis and resolution, peace and security, South Asia, Sri Lanka, population and ecology. The newest edition of her 1983 book, Colonialism in Sri Lanka, recently got published on September 14, 2020, including a new chapter, "Neocolonialism in Sri Lanka".

  • Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the above areas as well as presentation of workshops, lectures and seminars in academic and broader educational settings.

  • Consulting in the above areas with expertise in field research, policy analysis and report writing.

She has also worked with many social change organizations, presented hundreds of lectures and media interviews (including CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg News), organized conferences and seminars and received numerous fellowships for her work. She is also a vipassana meditator and yoga teacher.

Visit Asoka's website to learn more here.

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