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Department of Sociology
Pradeep Jeganathan
Department of Sociology,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1997
MA University of Chicago, 1989
S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988

Professional Experience
Senior Consultant Anthropologist, CHA, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2008-2014
Senior Fellow, ICES, Colombo, 2004-2008
Visiting Faculty, New School University, New York, 2003-2004
McKnight Land-grant Professor, University of Minnesota, 2000-2002
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1999-2003
Earl S. Johnson Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Chicago, 1997-99

Research Interests
Violence, Survival, Bad Death. Familial and Romantic Love. Colonial Forms of Knowledge, Postcolonial Nationalism, Subalterneity. Theravada Buddhism, Cybersociality/subjectivity, South Asia (Sri Lanka)

Select Publications
Living with Death, (ICES, 2007)
At the Water’s Edge (South Focus, 2004)
Co-editor, (Partha Chatterjee) Subltern Studies XI (Columbia/Hurst/ Permanent Black 2000)
Co-editor (with Qadri Ismail,) Unmaking the Nation (SSA, 1995/2009)

National and International Recognition
Notable international conferences attended include: The Advanced Residential Seminar, School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico (twice), Residential Conference, Rockefeller Foundation Advanced Study Centre, Bellagio, Italy, (twice), and the 130th Wenner-Gren International Symposium, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Keynote addresses include the bi-annual Critical Legal Studies Conference, Hyderabad, India; the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, University of Munich, Germany, and the 1st International Conference on the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Other invited presentation venues include Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, New School, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Amsterdam, Singapore (NUS), the Delhi School of Economics and CSDS, Delhi.

Executive Summary
Pradeep Jeganathan is Professor in the Department of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at SNU. His research interests focus on the perpetration of violence, survival and bad death. Simultaneously he also has begun research on familial and romantic love. He also has continuing interests in colonial forms of knowledge, post-colonial nationalism and sublterneity and Theravada Buddhism. Cyber-cociality and cyber-subjectivity is another interest. He has published extensively on these themes.

Pradeep was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he won the James McCormack Award for Outstanding Engineering Research, and the Robert Boit Prize for Short Fiction, and graduated in 1988 with a joint degree in Electrical Engineering and Creative Writing. He received his graduate training in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago, where he was awarded the University’s Century fellowship, and dissertation fellowships from the MacArthur & H.F. Guggenheim foundations. In 1997 he was awarded the departmental distinction for his doctoral dissertation, and subsequently the EarlS. Johnson Post-doctoral fellowship in the Social Sciences.

He then moved to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute of Global Studies. In 2000 he was awarded the McKnight Land-grant Professorship in the University. He moved back to his place of birth, Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2004 and took up an appointment as Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Ethnic studies, where he also served on the Board of Management, and directed and worked on a number of large scale, multi sited field work projects, with grants from a number of international agencies including NORAD and IDRC. In 2008 he moved to Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, as Senior Consultant Anthologist, and also served as visiting faculty at the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeological Research, at the University of Kelaniya.

While in Srilanka he took an active role in public intellectual life, writing a regular Oped column in a major Sunday newspaper, and appearing occasionally on TV shows, and blogging. Pradeep also writes fiction and a collection of short stories. At the Water’s Edge, was short listed for the Gratiaen Prize in 2004. He is working on a novel. He has also tried his hand at semi-serious cooking and photography, the results of which can be seen on his food blog. He joined SNU in July, 2014.

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