Asoka Bandarage was educated at the University of Sri Lanka, Bryn Mawr College and at Yale University where she received a Ph.D. in Sociology. Ms. Bandarage has served on the faculties of Brandeis University, Georgetown University and Mount Holyoke College where she received tenure and was also the Chair of the Women’s Studies Program. She has also taught at the European University for Peace, Macalester College, Colorado College and the California Institute for Integral Studies. Dr. Bandarage is the author of four books: Colonialism in Sri Lanka (Mouton, 1983), Women, Population and Global Crisis (Zed Books, 1997), The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka (Routledge,2009), Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society and the Economy (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) and numerous other publications on South Asia, global political-economy, ethnicity, gender and ecology. She has given hundreds of lectures and workshops at major universities, conferences and other venues around the world as well as numerous media interviews on CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, NPR and Bloomberg News. Her current research and teaching is focused on ecological consciousness, climate justice and ethno-religious harmony.
Dr. Bandarage writes a column on global environmental and social issues in the Huffington Post and serves on the advisory boards of Critical Asian Studies, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and The International Buddhist Association of America.