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Viranjini Munasinghe

Virinjini Munasinghe

House Fellow
Associate Professor of Anthropology
and Asian American Studies
205 McGraw Hall
607-255-3505
vpm1@cornell.edu

I am a cultural anthropologist working in the Caribbean (Trinidad) and the Asian Diaspora in the Americas. I’m fascinated with all questions related to nationalism, my primary area of research. I grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka and moved to Singapore with my family when I was thirteen. In Singapore I studied at the United World College of South East Asia and later went to Sussex University, England for my B.A. in social anthropology. I came to the United States for graduate work at Johns Hopkins University and joined Cornell in 1995. I live in Ithaca with my husband, David Ethridge who is a geographer and GIS programmer, and our two children, Ismini (20) who is a junior at Cornell, and Ishan (14) who is passionate about baseball. Our household is ruled by Daisy (11), our dog, because she knows that we compete for her attention and ruthlessly exploits it! Still, we continue to adore her.

I like learning about the world but not fond of travel (which can be a problem).  I like misty weather and thunderstorms, reading all kinds of history books, and hanging out with good friends.