Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Stanley Samarasinghe

Adjunct Associate Professor - International Development

Contact Info


  • B.A., University of Sri Lanka, Economics, 1967
  • Ph.D., Cambridge University, Economics, 1980

Academic Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Tulane University, 2008-
  • Research Professor, Tulane University, 1993-2007
  • Visiting Professor, Swarthmore College, 1989-1990
  • Visiting Professor, University of Maryland, 1986
  • Lecturer in Economics, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, 1980-1990
  • Assistant Lecturer in Economics, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, 1967-1979

Research & Teaching Specializations: Economics and International Development; Global Ethnic Conflict

Related Experience

  • Executive Director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka, 2004-2008
  • Consultant, USAID, Africa Bureau, 2003
  • Director, Institute for International Development, Tulane University, 1998-2007
  • Consultant, Training Needs for Professionals in the Latin American Division, World Bank, 1994
  • Consultant/Lecturer, USAID, Development Education Conference on New Global Realities: Communicating the Opportunities and Challenges, 1992
  • Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, Carter Center, Emory University, 1990
  • Senior Economist, Development Studies Program, USAID, The American University, 1989-1993
  • Consultant, Early Warning Model on Social Conflict in Asia, U.N. University, Tokyo, 1986
  • Supervisor in Economics, Cambridge University, 1970-1973; 1977-1979


  • Julien and Vernon Cornell Distinguished Visiting Professor, Swarthmore College, 1989-1990
  • Takemi Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health, 1985-1986
  • Jishwanjee Pestonjee Khan Gold Medal for Economics, University of Sri Lanka, 1967
  • Lady Edwina Mountbatten Grant from the Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust, 1979


  • Sinhala

Overseas Experience

  • Sri Lanka
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
  • Thailand
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Colombia
  • UK

Selected Publications

  • 2010-2013. “Sri Lanka Economy: Annual Review” South Asia. London: Europa Publications.
  • 2009. “Sri Lanka: The Challenge of State Building, Peace Building and Nation Building.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 15(3-4): 436-461.
  • 2008. “Fighting for Food: Food Security and Conflict in Sri Lanka.” Co-authored with Sandy A. Johnson. American Association of Geography.
  • 2006. Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance in Tsunami – Affected Countries of Asia – Evaluation Findings. Co-authored with Jon Bennett et al. New York: UN-OCHA & Tsunami Evaluation Coalition (TEC).
  • 2005. Tsunami Field Study Reports on Needs Assessment, Community Priorities, and Housing – Three Volumes. Sri Lanka: International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka & World Vision.
  • 2005. “Can Donors Broker Peace in Sri Lanka?” Far Eastern Economic Review. 168 (2): 38-40.
  • 2002. Political Economy of Internal Conflict in Sri Lanka. Working Paper 16. The Hague: Conflict Research Unit, Netherlands Institute of International Relations.
  • 2002. Corruption in South Asia: India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Editor, with K. M. de Silva and G. H. Peiris. Kandy, Sri Lanka: International Centre for Ethnic Studies.
  • 1998. Sri Lanka: Historical Dictionary. With Vidyamali Samarasinghe. Lanham: Scarecrow Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Sustainable Human Development

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 15