Dharshani Lakmali Jayasinghe
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Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University
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Research Associate - The Poetic Media Lab, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis
2021 Stanford Historical Society’s Susan W. Schofield Oral History Award Recipient for Excellence in the Practice of Oral History
2020/21 Digital Humanities Graduate Research Fellow - Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis
2020/21 d.School Creativity in Research Scholar - d.School / The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design
2020/21 Graduate Research Opportunity Award Recipient - Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences
Assistant Editor - Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopaedia
Managing Editor - Stanford International Policy Review
Dharshani Lakmali Jayasinghe has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. Her dissertation explored the ways in which visa law and policy impinge on the rights and dignities of applicants from the Global South by using narratives from literary texts, films, oral histories, and social media. Lakmali’s research and teaching interests span topics in immigration, visa law and policy, borders, border surveillance, human rights, digital humanities, and design thinking. She worked on 20th / 21st century literature and film in English, French, Korean, and Spanish. Lakmali’s recent article was featured in the double-blind peer reviewed journal Law and Literature.
Fellowships and Awards:
In 2019/20 Lakmali was awarded the Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship by the Stanford Humanities Center, and the East Asia Graduate Summer Grant 2019 by the Stanford Center for East Asia Studies to complete her dissertation research. In 2016/17, Lakmali was a Visiting Ph.D. Scholar at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, New York. In 2010, she was recognized as the principal Fulbright Fellow from Sri Lanka to pursue a MA degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, while she was also awarded the Endeavour Fellowship to pursue doctoral studies at the Australian National University. For four consecutive years, she was awarded fellowships by the Stanford University Center for East Asia Studies for research and advanced Korean language training in Seoul, South Korea (Seoul National University). She also received the Stanford Humanities and Sciences Fellowship in 2014 as well as a grant in 2017 from the Stanford Europe Center for research in Paris, France.
For four consecutive years, Lakmali won the third (2014), second (2015) and first place awards (2016, 2017) at the double-blind peer reviewed Annual Korean Literature Essay Competition organized by the Korea Translation Institute and the University of California, Berkeley (a competition open to all graduate and undergraduate students attending all universities in the Bay Area). At University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Lakmali won the first place at the Annual Graduate Film Studies Academic Paper Prize for 2011/12 awarded by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies (a competition open to all graduate students affiliated with the Five College Consortium). In 2013, she was also awarded the Certificate of Accomplishment by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for having successfully fulfilled the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Film Studies.
At University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, where she graduated at the top of her class with First Class Honors in English Literature and Language, she was awarded the Leigh Smith Memorial Prize for Greatest Competence in English Literature and Language as well as the Ashley Halpé Award for Outstanding Academic Performance in English Literature and Language. Additionally, she was the recipient of the award and trophy for Greatest Competence in French Studies awarded by the Alliance française de Kandy and won the Best Student in French Award for two consecutive years. Lakmali also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and a Diploma in Journalism and Communication. During her time in Sri Lanka, she was the recipient of 22 national level / all-island awards related to English literature and language.
Lakmali's 17-year teaching career includes teaching at Stanford University, City College of New York, University of Peradeniya, American National College, European College, and the Alliance française. In 2016, Lakmali was awarded the Stanford-CCNY Teaching Fellowship, while in 2020, she was selected as a Provost's Teaching Fellow. Lakmali has taught English and French literature, comparative literature, English as a Second Language, French as a Foreign Language, TOEFL preparatory courses, linguistics, critical theory and discourse analysis. At Stanford University, in addition to teaching French at the Stanford Language Center, she has co-taught and worked as a Teaching Assistant and Co-Instructor for classes on Korean popular culture and literature, African literature, and classes intersecting medicine, human biology, law, ethics, human rights, philosophy, and global health. Lakmali has facilitated 10 quarter-long workshops for the Humanities House at Stanford University since 2015, of which the topics range from West African women writers to American comedy.
Research and Editing:
In addition to teaching, Lakmali worked as a researcher and editor before coming to Stanford. She was a Research Assistant for the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the International Center for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Sri Lanka for 3 years. She was also the Managing Editor of Nethra Review, a New York Review-style journal published by the ICES, and the Editor of Spectrum, an English language magazine published by Nexus Research. In 2010 and 2011, Lakmali joined an initiative to found Verité Research, which is now Sri Lanka’s leading think tank. Lakmali continues to be the Editorial Director of Verité Research while completing her doctorate. Currently, Lakmali edits two Stanford publications: The Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopaedia (General Editor: Prof. Patricia Parker; Associate Editor: Prof. Roland Greene) and the Stanford International Policy Review (Chair of the Faculty Advisory Board: Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University).
Sinhala, English, French, Korean (fluent)
Spanish, Tamil (working knowledge)
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Facilitator of the Stanford Humanities House Workshops: