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Independent Field Study Projects

Each ISLE semester culminates in a final session in which the students conduct independent research or volunteer at a local NGO and write and present a formal field study project. In addition to traditional field research including environmental issues, politics, education, religion, and public policy done in consultation with University of Peradeniya faculty and the Faculty Director, students have worked with development organizations, advocacy groups, and other international relief organizations. While the projects are of the students' own choosing, they must be approved in advance by the Faculty Director.

Independent Studies can prove advantageous to students in various ways: as a foundation for Senior Thesis Projects at home institutions; as a unique source of data with which to do applied research and writing in other courses you take after your return; as a basis for applying for research grants and/or graduate or internship programs at home; or as a way to meet various institutional requirements at the home colleges.

One of the final activities of the semester is the oral presentation of these projects. Below is a partial list of Independent Field Study Project titles completed by previous ISLE students listed chronologically by ISLE semester (most recent first), and within each semester, alphabetically by author.

 

Fall 2013

  • Black, M.: "Jammin' in Jaffna: An Exploration of Carnatic Music and the Nadaswaram in Jaffna, Sri Lanka"
  • Durham, H.: "State of the Arts in Batticaloa: Community in the Face of Modernity"
  • Grabhorn, D.: "Universal Rights: A Report on US-Sri Lankan Relations Regarding Human Rights"
  • Jones, R.: "Globalization, Liminality, and Right-Wing Religious Mobilization: The Female Body and the Body Politic in Buddhist Nationalism"
  • Lau, A.: "The Development of the Tourism Industry in Galle Fort and Its Effects on the Local Community"
  • Peirce, E.: "Happiness and Individualism: An Examination of the Buddhist Pursuit of Happiness"
  • Powell, S.: "Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk: How Sri Lanka is Responding to Changes in the Global Tea Market"

Spring 2013:

  • Bethea, A.:"The Politics of Mainstream and Alternative Media in Sri Lanka"
  • Bonnel, S.: "Tamil Nationalism and the Politics of Women's Dress at Jaffna University"
  • Breger, B.: "Organic Farming"
  • Cervo, A.: "The Baila Tradition in Sri Lankan Music"
  • Fisher, D..: "Contemporary Sinhala Literature and Sri Lankan Counterculture"
  • Hayes, C..: "Mangrove Conservation"
  • McCann, N..: "Interaction Across Food Cultures in Sri Lanka"
  • Ramirez, J. "Arts Education in Sri Lanka: Low-Country Dance Instruction"

Fall 2012:

  • Cross, C.: "Sarvodaya In and At the Crossroads"
  • King, S.: "Perceptions and Actions of Sri Lankan Buddhist Monks in the Context of War"
  • Klett, M.: "Political Imagery and Public Perception in Sri Lanka
  • Metz, E: "The Effects of Relocation and Development on the Vedda Community in Henanigala"
  • Moretta, A.: "War and Tourism"
  • Nixon, K.: "Education and the Role of the Children on Sri Lanka's Tea Plantations"
  • Rapperport, E.: "Kandyan Home Gardens"
  • Robinson, S.: "An Investigation into Shifting Social Patterns Concerning Tamil Widows in Post-War Jaffna"
  • Spence, R.: "Elements of Yaktovils and How They Produce Healing"
  • St. Pierre, A.: "The Right of the Child in Sri Lanka: Children and Conflict in Sri Lanka"
  • Szwyd, A.: "Divergence and Development: Sarvodaya, Community Work, and Conflict Mediation on the Local Level"
  • Work, M.: "Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Available to the Plantation Sector"

Fall 2011:

  • Amelang, M.:  "The Pentecostal Experience in Sri Lanka"
  • Cutler, E.:  "Deforestation, Pesticides, and Compost:  Agriculture in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka and its Environmental Impacts"
  • Jenkins, C.:  "The Unmasking: Carvers, Their Lives, and the Evolving Art of Mask Carving"
  • Neal, M.:  "Innocence Disturbed: A Short Narrative of a Child Soldier"
  • Oka, M.:  "Sri Lanka: The Foundations of Education"
  • Regan, A.:  "How to Train Your Elephant - A Reflection on Rural Mahouthood"
  • Sullivan, K.:  "Hetadina Venuven Urumaya Surakimu: Preserving Heritage for Tomorrow"
  • Swan, E.:  "Ayurveda: A Hybrid of the Ancient and Modern"
  • Vivipem, L.:  "'Culture' and the 'Cultured' - Hadicrafts in Sri Lankan Fashion"

Fall 2010:

  • Boles, E.: "Ethical Tea in Sri Lanka: Investigation Private Sector Efforts to Improve Social Conditions in the Supply Base"
  • Connors, K.: "War of Dreams"
  • Croteau, C.: "Identifying Abnormal Behavior in Sri Lanka"
  • Dunuwila, E.: "Alcohol Abuse Prevention in Sri Lankan Schools"
  • Everett, J.: "Analog Forestry: Going Beyond Organic in Baddegama, Sri Lanka"
  • Hoagland, J.H.: "Play that Sinhalese Music, White Boy"
  • Hurwit, C.: "School Education of the Children in IDP camps in Puttalam"
  • Pederson, R.: "Overcrowded Prisons and the Education Programming Within Them"
  • Tomashek, J.: "Sri Lankan Food Meaning and Sewell’s theory of Structure"
  • Wedell, J.: "Social Justice and Flooded Kitchens: Student Monks and University Politics"
  • Wenz, J.: “ 'Asalam Aleikum' Peace Be Upon You"
  • Wijeyeratne, S.: "The Hidden Costs of Development: The Impact of Relocation on Colombo’s Urban Poor"

Fall 2009:

  • Athens, K.: "Sri Lankan Science and Astrology: Decision Making and Personal World View"
  • Benedetti, B.: "Youth Empowerment and Policy: Challengers and Responses"
  • Berg, P.: "Humanistic Thought in Sri Lanka"
  • Doherty, S.: "Tovil Traditions- No longer Traditional?"
  • Geiger, D.: "Hambantota Development"
  • Heid, A.: "How to built a Traditional and Eco Friendly Beach side Hut"
  • Knight, J.: "Developing Archaeology in the Context of Development: Examining of the Challenges of Establishing the Field of Maritime Archaeology in Sri Lanka"

Spring 2009:

  • Babler, J.: "SOS Children's Village-Galle: An Ethnography of an "Orphanage" on the South Coast of Sri Lanka
  • Dulaney, C.: "Towards a Buddhist Economic Ethic: A Case Study of Sarvodaya Shramadana"
  • Heckel, E.: "Heritage in Anuradhapura: A Site for Struggle"
  • Kishman, A.: "Sri Lankan Forest Monks"
  • Lyons, R.: "The Education and Experiences of Disabled Individuals in Sri Lanka's Kegalle and Kandy Districts"
  • von Schoenborn, D.: "War, Religion, and Theory"

Fall 2008:

  • Burke, C., “Second-Language English Education in Sri Lanka”
  • Christensen, J., “Whom the Gods love, Whom the Gods Would Destroy: A Study of Possession in Sri Lanka”
  • De la Motte, M., “Quality, not Quantity: Sai Baba Devotion in the Hill Country”
  • Donahue, S., “Alleviation of Poverty at the Source: Microfinance in Sri Lanka”
  • Granara, M., “Jean Arasanayagam: A Conflicted Identity”
  • Henning, K., “Inside the Kurunegala Ayurveda Hospital and Panchakarma Treatments”
  • Lord, S., “Tough Love: Mother Goddess Worship in Sri Lanka”

Spring 2008:

  • Corbman, M., "After the Pogrom: Reconstruction of Identity among the IDPs in Puttalam"
  • Hall, A., "Community Participation in Environmental Conservation and Development in the Udeseiya Valley of the Knuckles Conservation Area"
  • Johnston, C., "Sowing the SEEDS: Sarvodaya's Different Look at Banking"
  • Modest, S., "The Evolution of Kandyan dance across generations: Exploring the Effects of Social Values and Structures on Tradition"
  • Sabharwal, A., "Inculturation and Contradiction: Catholicism in Rural Sri Lanka"
  • Shemesh, Y., "Legitimation of the Curse: History, Justice, and Hierarchy at the Sinigama Devale"
  • Valusek, A., "The Student Bhikkhu on the University Campus: A Study at the University of Peradeniya"

2007:

  • Berringer, K., "Reinterpreting the Gradual Path: Meditation in a Globalized World"
  • Cole, W., "The Queen Bee: Charisma, Disease, and the Power of Demons"
  • Greenley, P., "In Search of the Sri Lankan Potter"
  • Hashmall, S., "The Snare of Mara: Women in Sri Lankan Buddhist Monastic Life"
  • Leeming, H., "The Worth of Water: Traditional Water Values and Modern Well Irrigation in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka"
  • Manski, R., "Clinical Experiences of Pregnancy: Gender, Fragmentation and Power"
  • Olendzki, N., "Angampora: Sri Lanka's Martial Art"
  • Olson, W., "The Priest, The Patient, and the Head Cap: Investigating Ayurvedic Mental Healing in Modern Sri Lanka"
  • Perlow, J., "The Women Behind the Wax: Exploring the Craftsmanship and artistry of the Sri Lankan Batik Industry"
  • Sallstrom, A., "Higher Education in Nuwara Eliya"
  • Sheriff, K., "Interfaith Communion or Subtle Evangelism? The Catholic Church in Bibile"
  • Taggart, F., "Sri Lanka's Approach to Prison Life and Rehabilitation"

2006

  • Brady, D., "The Sinhalese Villager and the Tamil Estate Worker in the Context of Resettlement"
  • Glantz, M., "Its Not Easy Being Blue: An Investigation of Vishnu Devale Worship"
  • Gustafson, A., "Buddhism, Education, and Kandyan Dance"
  • Huber, K., "Finding a Religious Role as a Woman in Sri Lankan Society"
  • Hyman, K., "Reading Between the Cusps"
  • Kollmeyer, A., "The Role of Modern Nikayas in Sri Lanka"
  • Lavender, P., "The Local Side of Sri Lanka’s Garment Industry"
  • McKinley, A., "Existence and Conversations: An Examination of Catholic Inter-religious Dialouuge, Inculturation, and Identity in Wahakotte and Kandy"
  • Miller, M., "Health on Tea Plantations"
  • Neubert, C., "Rethinking Development"
  • Seward, K., "Islamic Revivalism in the Sri Lankan Context"
  • Siegel, J., "[De/Con] Structive: A Statistical Analysis"
  • Smith, C., "Religious Views of Kandyan Dancers"
  • Swanton, L., "Resisting the Norm: Sri Lankan Feminism through Queer Specs"
  • Van Horn, C., "Development of Organic Agriculture in Sri Lanka"

2004

  • Azzolini, E., "In Search of "Sri Lankan Music Background and Present situation of Tamils of Sri Lanka"
  • Brown, E., "Being a Buddhist Pilgrim"
  • Carlson, J., "My Way is Better than Your Way: Comparing Methods of Ayurvedic Education"
  • Carstens, C., "Who Dropped the Alms Bowl?"
  • David, T., "Making the Mask: Theory and Practice or Zoo Lah Lah!"
  • Eberly, L., "Batik: Art?"
  • Finkle, V., "Press Freedom in Sri Lanka: Perspectives in Change and Political Culture"
  • Fish, M., "Lay Meditation Movements in Sri Lanka"
  • Fisher, J., "With God on Our Side, Who Can Be Against Us?: Sri Lankan Pentecostal Churches and their Members"
  • Forrest, K., "The Social Outreach of the Catholic Church: Recent Trends and Limitations"
  • Friedrich, P., "The Tank, the Temple, and the Paddy Field Today: Religio-Cultural Symbols and Rural Agrarian Development Policy"
  • Gibbon, C., "Youth Frustrations, Aspirations, and Perspectives on Violence"
  • Gillis, A., "The Magical Nature of a Buddhist Sri Lanka: Buddhist Practice versus Doctrine"
  • Goss, M., "The Role of NGOs in Community Development: A Case Study With Satyodaya"
  • Jebb, F., "Mama Lankave Natune Igennegatta"
  • Kulukundis, D., "The Sri Lankan Bhikkhuni Sangha: Values and Pressures"
  • Mengel, S., "Sixth and Seventh Grade Students’ Notions of National Identity"
  • Meyers, M., "The Personification of Ignorance and Wisdom…"
  • Morgenstern, M., "Technological and Traditional Methods in the Gem Industry of Sri Lanka"
  • Morris, C., "The Ceylonese and World War II"
  • Parrish, E., "Jatika Hela Urumaya: The Fusion of Church and State"
  • Savage, L., "Peasant Fishermen in a Capitalist Market"
  • Snider, L., "Democracy Through ‘Bad’ Behavior: The Southern Mothers Front"
  • Trusz, G., "The Malayaha Tamils of Sri Lanka's Tea Estates"

2003

  • Burks, S. G., "The Man with the Fro: Sai Baba in Sri Lanka"
  • Clark, K., "A Pot Filled to the Brim Does Not Shake: Examining the Sri Lankan Pottery Industry"
  • Cornwell, S., "Mangoes, Pranksters, Kings and Mayhem: The Folklore Of Sri Lanka"
  • D'Costa, H., "The Fairest of the All: Losing Pigment vs. Losing Pounds Within Sri Lankan Standards of Beauty"
  • Franklin, P., "Shared Space: The Evolution of a Mixed Ethnicity Village"
  • Garrett, E.H., "Sri Lanka's Modern and Traditional Kitchens: Age-Old Tradition, Change and Assimilation"
  • Guerette, C., "Cultural Bias at Sri Lankan Archaeological Sites and Museums"
  • Hastings, P., "The Inculturation of Christianity in Sri Lanka: Towards A Reassessment of Christianity"
  • Khaki, A., "Unveiling the Motivations and Implications of Hijab Amongst University Women in Sri Lanka"
  • Locker, M. M., "Strange Benevolence"
  • Owen, D., "Sacred Forms: A Comparative Study of Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic Religious Uses of Visual Art"
  • Stehlik, E., "Rhythm and Motion: The Use of Energy and Flow in the Art Of Returning to the Time before the Disease"
  • Sterio, L., "(Re)claiming What’s Ours: Power, Stability, and Solidarity in A Christian Community"
  • Stevens, K., "The Gulf Between Trousers and Sarong: an Observation of Modern Sri Lankan Class Issues in the Wake of Economic Liberation"
  • Stratton, R., "Mosque Architecture and the History of Sri Lankan Muslim Communities through the Colonial Period"
  • Wish, H., "A Service to This Land? : Reflections on an International School in Kandy"

2002

  • Braddock, J., "Weft and Warp to Motor and Machine in Sri Lanka’s Handloom Industry"
  • Curran, S., "Down on the Upside. Modernization and the Kandyan Arts"
  • Davies, C., "Lanka’s Melting Pot: Evangelical Christians and Culture in Sri Lanka"
  • Hoyt, S., "The Abolishment of Oppositions: Journeying Into the Depths of the Demonic"
  • Moore, L., "Grassroots Feminism in Sri Lanka"
  • Mullen, J., "Exploring the Shifting Dynamics of Kataragama through the Stories of its People"
  • Wright, S., "Female World Renouncers"

2001

  • Bucher, J., "An Intruder to Craft, An Apprentice of the Art of Lacquer"
  • Ford, K., "Beyond Grammar: Questions about English Instruction in Sri Lanka"
  • Fox, R., "Environmental Protection of the British Colonial Era:The Ironies of Exploitation"
  • Greisman, E., "Religious Ideological Change as Manifested in the Lives of the Buddhist Nuns of Sri Lanka"
  • Huebner, L., "A New Perspective on a Traditional Family Role: An Analysis of Sri Lankan Migrant Housemaids Who Chose to Resume Their Role as Housewife"
  • Kelley, T., "'Culture' and the Production of Feminist Consciousness"
  • Kenny, M., "The Bow and Arrow: a Study of the Political Implications of the Sihala Urumaya Party's Platform During the 2001 General Elections of Sri Lanka"
  • Klukan, B., "Bara: Devotional Practices at St. Anne's, Talawila"
  • Mahowald, A., "Chasing Veddas"
  • McCullough, I., "The Buddhist Education of a 10th Year Student in Sri Lanka"
  • Nichols-Barrer, I., "Constructing Kataragama: Multiethnic and Multireligious Encounters Through the Eyes of Residents"
  • Norcia, M., "Gods and Gills: Religion of the Fishermen"
  • Prins, D., "From the Jungle to the Zoo: A Comparison of a Forest Hermitage Monastery and a Large Meditation Center/Monastery and their Roles in a Buddhist Society"
  • Schnell, D., "Modern Interpretations and Differences Between a Village Dwelling and Forest Dwelling Monastery"
  • Shirey, J., "Global Rights (Private) Limited: The Business of Manufacture and Label"
  • Tufano, S., "Dissecting the Voices: Modes of Religious Expression for Female World Renunciants"
  • Turner, J., "The Creation of an Institutionalized Past Through Politically Sacred Spaces"

2000

  • Bazzano, J., "The Effects of Habitat Loss Inflicted by Tea Plantations Upon Frogs in Sri Lanka"
  • Clark, R., "Traveling in Darkness and Silence: Viewing Physical Disability in Sri Lanka through Special Education"
  • Dworkin, E., "Finding a Place in Society:A Study of the Life and Identity of the Nuns at the Lady Blake Upasikaramaya"
  • Gandhi, S., "Buddhist Folklore as My Frame, the Picture Being Changes in Sri Lankan Buddhism"
  • Gleason, T., "Coral Reef Ecology and the Condition of Two Reefs on the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka"
  • Gravelin, S., "Hatching a Plan for Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka"
  • Herrick-Stare, P., "A Theoretical Study of Aid, Development, and Conflict"
  • Hirsch, M., "When the Ethnic Conflict Comes to Dinner: Ethnic Conflict and Identity for Families of Mixed Ethnicity"
  • Humphrey, L., "The Movement within the Movement: Evolution and Change in the 21st Century Vipassana Movement"
  • Huseby, C., "The Evolution of the JVP: The Story of Democracy's Failure"
  • Jagernauth, D., "This God is a Mystery: Sri Lankan Multireligion in the Cult of Skanda/Murugan at Kataragama"
  • Johnson, E., "Sudhu Bhikkus: An Analysis of Western Buddhist Monks"
  • Leow, P., "Rice and Curry, You Idiot!: The Search for Traditional Sri Lankan Food in a Changing Culture"
  • Maes, B., "From Bus Halts to Bodhi Trees: War and Remembrance in Contemporary Sri Lanka"
  • Newcomer, L., "Life in the New Millenium: Sri Lankan Music Fusion"
  • Ross, T., "Prospects for Privatization in Sri Lankas Tertiary Education"
  • Silberman, S., "Sarvodaya: Awakening Sri Lanka and Beyond"

1999

  • Avery, L., "Employment of the Second Generation Settlers in Mahaweli System C"
  • Calhoun, S., "Face/Off: The Dichotomous Life At Lankatilike"
  • Campbell, L., "Lanka Jatika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya Movement: GALLE"
  • Haske, C., "Visions of Vulnerability: A Brush with Contemporary Sri Lankan Art"
  • Irby, G., "Sila, Panna and a Bottle of Cuervo Gold"
  • Jarvis, J., "In Pieces: Reconsidering this War"
  • Kadlec, S., "Dance, Drum, Subsistence, and Modernization: The Yakdessagedera Family's Hereditary Traditions"
  • Leroy, M.E., "Buddhism: A New Approach to Psychotherapy?"
  • Litsch, S., "Sri Lanka's Cottage Industry: A Traditional Business in a Modern World"
  • Mason, M., "A Study of Sri Lanka's Coral Reefs: Degradation to Restoration"
  • Meltzer, E., "The Needs and Problems of Adolescents in Sri Lanka and the Efforts to Address Them"
  • Repp, E., "Confronting Death: Belief and Ritual in Sinhalese Buddhism"
  • Sucheck, A., "Purity and Pollution: Bhakti Religiosity at Kataragama"
  • Williams, E., "Into the Jungle: An Exploration into the Real-life Practice of Ayurvedic and Indigenous Medicine in Sri Lanka"

1998

  • Brown, C., "Education of the Upcountry Tamil Estate Community and Development and Current Status"
  • Cmaylo, J., "Soothsayers in Sri Lanka: A Unique Portraiture of Regiousity in the Mystical and Mundane"
  • Diebert, J., "Rural Women's Employment and the Revival of Sri Lanka's Handloom Industry"
  • Feinberg, D., "Sinahala Veda Kama and the Vederales of Sri Lanka: From its Indian Ayurvedic Origins to its Modern Indigenous Expression"
  • Leslie, K., "English Language & the Disenfranchisement of Rural Youth: A Look at the Problem and Solutions"
  • Lu, N., "Fabrique au Sri Lanka"
  • Mahadev, N., "Social Development Among Up-Country Tamils: The Means to Empower a Depressed Community"
  • Maier, E., "The Evolution of Woodcarving in Sri Lanka: Techniques and Historical Background of the Kandyan Period to Present"
  • McCowan, C., "The Cultural Triangle Revisited"
  • McLane, H., "Post Independence Development in the Pottery Industry"
  • Meyers, E., "Traditional Kandyan Jewelry: Design, Manufacture and Position in History"
  • Penny, E., "An Initial Investigation into the Geological/Geo-Anthropological Environment of the Yapahuw & Pinwewa Areas"
  • Pyle, L., "Nationalization of the Tea Estates of Sri Lanka"
  • Rosenberg, G., "The Illustrated Art/Science of Board Games in Sri Lanka"
  • Rosenberg, K., "Government Veterinary Service in Sri Lanka: The Veterinary Research Institute, Government Veterinary Hospital, Kundasale Field Station"
  • Schlitt, B., "An Introduction to Sinhalese Combative History and Technique"
  • Scripps, J., "Traditionand Change in Sri Lankan Fisheries"

1997

  • Beauchamp, R., "A Study and A Story of Tangalle--Differing Methods of Describing The Changes Sri Lankan Fisherman Face Today"
  • Gerson, J., "Name That Nun: Bhikkuni, Dasa Sil Matavo, Upasika? Towards a Feminist Buddhism--The Spiritual and the Feminine and Female World Renouncers in Contemporary Sri Lanka"
  • Holland, A., "Christian Missionary Outreach in Sri Lanka"
  • Kensinger, D., "Creating a Cure"
  • Linden, S., "The Elephant-Man Conflict in Sri Lanka"
  • Mitchell, L., "Puppetry in Sri Lanka"
  • Schoenthal, B., "Demon Worship in the Sinhalese Buddhist Tradition: An Examination of Sanni Yakuma and Sapa Kerenewa"
  • Schuckman, H. E., "Facets of Death in Comparative Religion: Funeral Ceremonies of Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians In Kandy"
  • Stevens, B., "Traditional Paddy Agriculture: Ritual in Practice"
  • Vonnegut, Z., "Reciprocal Generosity: A Study of the Relationship Between the Monks at the Sri Sudharmarama International Buddhist Monastary and Their Lay Devotees"
  • Withers, S., "The Hand-Maids of Justice: Women Police Officers In Kandy"
  • Young, J., "Growing In The Sangha: The Novice Monks of Ganegoda Temple"

1996

  • Buckley, S., "Politics at the University of Peradeniya"
  • Horn, J., "Violence Against Women: the Invisible Barrier to Development: A Look at Women, Violence, and Development Planning in Sri Lanka"
  • Jennings, K., "Fields of Gold? (A Critique of the Mahaweli Development Programme)"
  • Kent, D., "Practicing Belief: A Study of the Japanese Neo New Religion, Sukyo Mahikari, in Sri Lanka"
  • Kent, D.,  "Reflections of Merit: The Adam's Peak Pilgrimage Traditions of Sri Lanka"
  • Kyle, H. J., "The Sea in Camera: Photographing Change in the Conditions of Mirissa's Fisherfolk"
  • Lange, S. K., "Press and Censorship under Bandaranaike's Government"
  • Mitchell, M., "The Fate of the Elephant: Problems of Conservation in Modern Sri Lanka"
  • Pratt, D. C., "Who's Your Dadi? Tracing the Dynamics of the Buddhist Pantheon as Embodied in the Evolution of Dadimunda Deviyo at Alutnuwara"
  • Thomas, J. M., "The Teacher's Role Within Sri Lanka's Education System: A Small-scale Study in an Urban Private Environment"
  • Trainer, M., "Rhythmic Reconciliation: Transcendent Communications and Aesthetic Healing"

1995

  • Alderson, D., "Two Cases of Illness in Watapuluwa"
  • Frisbie, T., "The Success Story: Search for the Meaning of Religious Tolerance in Multi-Religious Sri Lanka"
  • Hunt, B.W.M., "Customs, Traditions, Practices - Sinhalese Home Construction Rituals"
  • Mezz, D., "Investigations into the Truth of the Rebirth Doctrine"
  • Pederson, A., "The Kali Devalaya"
  • Sapir, E., "Into the Mystic"
  • Selikowitz, D., "Art as Meditation"

1994

  • Bernstein, M., "The Jewish History of Sri Lanka"
  • Britt, M., "Ceylon's Role in World War II"
  • Chang, A., "Oppression of Women in Economically Developing Societies"
  • Chapman, J., "Disappearing Act: Premadasa and the Decline of Sinhala Chauvinism in Sri Lankan Politics"
  • Costerisan, D., "Sinhala-English Bilingualism"
  • Hassman, A., "Sri Lanka's Environmental Situation"
  • Ladner, M., "Source of Power... L.T.T.E., J.V.P., U.N.P. after '77"
  • Maseychik, J., "Dhamma, Domicile and the Damage Done- Early Early Ceylonese Monasticism and a Changing Ideal"
  • Rice, A., "Sri Lanka, Alcoholism, and A.A."
  • Sutton, J., "Buddhist Women: Aspiring Toward Better Rebirth Through Dana"
  • Klass, I., "Silenced and Shamed: Rape in Sri Lankan Context"
  • Wilson, A., "Paths to Peace"

1993

  • Alford, J., "The I.P.K.F.'s Effects on Ethnic Identity"
  • Bass, D., "Television: Drug of a Nation"
  • Carpenter, S., "Forms of Devotionalism Surrounding the Celebration of God Kataragama's Affair with Valli Amma"
  • De Armond, A., "Society of Friends of the Dhamma: Reinterpretation through Revelation"
  • Gallin, R., "Exorcism in Sri Lanka: Balance of Power Between the Supernatural and the Mundane"
  • Galt, A., "Effects of the Buddhist Revival on Sri Lanka's Educational System"
  • Gladfelter, H., "Duttagamini and the Sinhala Buddhist Revival: The Stupa as a Symbol of Religious and National Identity"
  • Hong, S., "Oh, the Suffering: Buddhism and Existential Psychology"
  • Johnson, M., "Death: and the Concepts and Rituals that Surround It"
  • Kasper, E.: "How Resplendent: President Wijetunge's Military Policy"
  • Lowry, E., "U.S. Peace Corps: Foreign Aid or Intervention?"
  • Martineau, K., "Kandyan Weddings"
  • Parker, J., "Socioeconomic History of Modern Anuradhapura"
  • Shore, C., "We Are All Going to Hell: If We're Not Already There"

1992

  • Braxton, J., "The Apsaras of Sigiria"
  • Brennan, D., "Maternity Leave Benefits and the Double Burden of the Working Mother in Sri Lanka"
  • Brennan, D., "Sarvodaya Shamadana Movement: Harvesting the Grassroots Revolution"
  • Dunbar, E., "Bodhi Puja"
  • Hone, T., "Asoka: Cateravartin Ideal and the Rulership of Sri Lanka"
  • Leigh, J., "Changing Status of Women under Colonial Rule"
  • Leigh, J., "Romance, Ragging, & Ritual: A Study in the Lives of Peradeniya Women"
  • Leigh, J., "Images of Women in Ancient and Mediaeval Texts and Inscriptions"
  • Wilhelm, K., "Tamil Tea Plantation Workers in Sri Lanka"
  • Wilke, S., "The Kiriammalage Dane"

1991

  • Carbine, J., "Supremacy and Subordination"
  • Curtis, M., "Buddhists and Hindus at Kataragama: Religious and Ethnic Isolation in Sri Lanka"

1989

  • Baeza, R., "Exorcism and its Healing Aspects"
  • Baeza, R., "Monastic Architecture of Anuradhapura: Development of the Stupa"
  • Dick, J., "Pattini in Myth and Practice"
  • Dick, J., "Assimilation and Transformation: Yaksas and Nagas in Early Sri Lankan History"
  • Flaherty, P., "State and Society in the Anuradapura Civilization"
  • Gruber, J., "Ehi-Passika"
  • Gruber, J., "In Search of King Duttagamini in the Mahavamsa"
  • Kyle, J. "Kandyan Style Vihara Painting and Sinhala Buddhist Folk Culture"
  • Kyle, J., "Unique Sculptural Identities in Early Sinhalese Art: Moonstones and Guardstones"
  • McGee, A., "Closer Look in Comparison of Buddhist Nuns in Buddhism Transformed and the Kirinda Aramaya"
  • McGee, A., "Role of the Bodhi Tree in Ancient Sri Lanka"
  • Rasmussen, W., "Aspects of Sinhalization at Kataragama"
  • Rasmussen, W., "Decline of Rajarata Civilization: Various Arguments"
  • Rodfong, T., "Visnu and the Ever-Changing Pantheon of Gods in Sri Lanka"
  • Rodfong, T., "Irrigation in Dry one of Ceylon from 400 BC-600 AD"
  • Wild, K., "The Sangha, Property, and State Support"

1987

  • Birmelin, L., "Influences on Buddhist Worship of Major guardian Devas : Vishnu, Nata, Pattini, Kataragama and Saman"
  • Conley, S., "Sastra: Is Destiny Ruled by the Planets?"
  • Cordek, S., "Sins of Omission: The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka"
  • Dorsey, B. "Tooth and Tree: Comparison of Worship at Two Pilgrimage Sites for Sinhalese Buddhists"
  • Dorsey, B., "Rise of the City as a Center in Sri Lankan History with emphasis on Kandy"
  • First, B., "Udarata Natun: Kandyan Dance"
  • Flaherty, M., "Meditation and Therapy: Beyond Limitations"
  • Keating, C., "Interaction Between a Village and its Aramaya"
  • Lynch, C., "A Look at the Dasa Sil Matas of Sri Lanka"
  • May, S., "Buddhist Pantheon, Buddha's Path and the Path of the People"
  • Spicer, R., "Mama Tourist Kenek Nemei: The Peace Corps of Sri Lanka Experience"
  • Spielman, R., "Development or Determination? The People's Choice"
  • Thébaud, A., "Don't Forget to Eat Your Beans"
  • Thompson, A., "An American in Rodiya Village"
  • Tucker, D., "Tea Plantations: More a Problem of Attitudes than Assets"

1986

  • Barclay, C., "Self-Perfection and Self-Destruction in the Sangha"
  • Beer, T., "Monastic Musings: Considerations on Buddhist Sangha"
  • Blackburn, A., "Mahayana Buddhism in Sri Lanka: A New Approach"
  • Davis, J., "Muslims in Galle: An Accommodating Opportunist Minority"
  • Desmond, S., "Many Faces of Kataragama God"
  • Drayer, S., "Deteriorating Circumstances Leading to Dissatisfaction in a Political Study"
  • Halvorson, C., "The Sarvodaya Shramandana Movement: Ideals, Pre-School Ceremonial Openings, and Bureaucracy"
  • Jackiw, R. N., "Joseph Vaz's Pursuit of the Faith: Roman Catholicism and the Dutch Rule"
  • Jackiw, R. N., "Clouds Under Sunlight"
  • Koyama, M., "Feet Almost Silent: Impressions of Meditation"
  • Llosa, T. "Meditation in Relation to Mental Health"
  • Maxwell, S., "Dambulla: Parking Lot for Buddhas"
  • Solomon, J., "Lace Making in Galle: Why?"
  • Starkweather, A., "Beneath the Paws of the Lion"
  • Strachan, S., "SOS Children's Villages"
  • Sultze, K., "Counsellor/Divine Scientist: An Astrologer in Sri Lanka"
  • Sultze, K., "Rajasinha II: Dynamic Dead Man"
  • Sundberg, J., "A Gentle Essay on the Dismal Science: State Bank Trade Unions"
  • White, T., "Amazing Reverend Dhammajati and Buddhist Compassion Centre of Balapitiya"

1985

  • Belmont, D., "Survival in Poverty: The Fishermen of Mirissa Colony"
  • Clapp, W., "Buddhist Doctrine as Psycho-Therapy"
  • Crabtree, L., "Galletana Ratemullah: Anthropological Study"
  • Doyle, S., "Sarvodaya, Realistic or Idealistic"
  • Glick, J., "Meditational Journey into Meaning of the Forest"
  • Harris, J., "State of the Arts: Cottage Crafts in Kalapura"
  • Kinnard, J., "Tradition of Change and Changing of Tradition: The Bhikku and the Pansala in Transition"
  • Levine, C., "Masks and the False Face of the Future"
  • Lilienthal, S., "Barely Afloat and Sinking: Problems Confronting Peasant Agriculture"
  • Nevitt, R., "How Much is the Brown Baby in the Window: The Stigma of Foreign Adoption in Sri Lanka"
  • Schenck, E., "Kandyan Temple Paintings"
  • Tuck, M., "G.G. Ponnambalam and the Tamil Congress"
  • Wood, A., "Sarvodaya: Then and Now"
  • Wright, A., "The Psychological Oppression of Estate Workers"

1984

  • Anderson, C., "Dambulla: Temple Economic"
  • Beaven-Ankner, J., "Kandyan Dance in a Village: Malagammana"
  • Enke, A., "Buddhism in Lankatilaka: Belief, Ritual, or Just Fun"
  • Fromm, M., "Rites and Rituals of Birth, Pre and Post-Natal Care in Sri Lanka"
  • Kennedy, C., "Following the Sarvodaya Path Towards Rural Development"
  • Levison, J., "The Effects of Malutrition on Maternity and Child Welfare"
  • Malone, B., "Women Municipal Workers of Mahayawe"
  • Martin, P., "Yala: Zoo or Reserve"
  • Massey, C., "Gems in Sri Lanka"
  • Safford, P., "Elderly in Sri Lanka"
  • Shaler, M., "Thick Description of a Meditation Monaster"
  • Swanberg, K., "Lanka Mahila Samiti: A Women's Organization"
  • Wallach, R., "A Tree and Its People"
  • Wallis, B., "An Offering of Sound"
  • Williams, A., "Methods, Truth, and Meaning"

1983

  • Barnard, L., "Sri Maha Bodhi: Cultural Melting Pot"
  • Bertsch, R., "The Religious and Social Aspects of Rites of Passage in Jaffna Society"
  • Bridge, D., "Sarvodya and the 1971 Insurrection"
  • Chauss, M., "A Hot Place... Ruins of Polonnaruwa"
  • Henderson, J., "Moving East or West?: Westerners in Robes"
  • Hitz, D., "The Taming of the Demonic"
  • Hoelher, K., "The Place of Dasasil Matas in Sri Lanka Today, and the Demands..."
  • Hughes, S., "Reinterpretation According to Tradition: Island Hermitage"
  • Muller, K., "Rituals of Maintenance"
  • Muller, K., "Tradition and Change: Asala Perahara"
  • Rosinski, M., "Ayurveda"
  • Sargent, A., "Book of Jatakas: Educational Tool for Popular Buddhism?"
  • Sinha, A., "Mahawelli, A Future Prospect"
  • Trainor, K., "Many Faces of Kataragama Pilgrims"
  • Walker, L., "Bridging the Gap: The Veddas and Development"
  • Walker, L., "Sarvodaya's Path to Rural Development"
  • Werntz, M., "The Order"
  • Wiggins, B., "The Family in Yatigammana and its Extensions"

1982

  • Carle, S., "Untitled- Education"
  • Cressey, S., "Sinhalese Buddhism in the 19th Century: Resistance and Revival"
  • Crook, K., "American Missionaries in Jaffna"
  • Fisher, M., "Uses of the Dhammapada"
  • Gidwani, T., "Meditation and Lifestyle: An Examination of Meditation Practices among Ten Village-Dwelling Bhikkhus and Lay Meditators"
  • Kane, R., "Women in Buddhism"
  • Keefe, L., "Position of Kingship and its Relation to the Sangha"
  • La Valle, E., "The Constitution on Sri Lanka"
  • Leerburger, M., "Gender Roles of Sri Lankan Children as Compared to American Children"
  • Pechilis, K., "The Sinhalese Buddhists at Kataragama"
  • Piltch, D., "Women in Film"
  • Trout, J., "Indian Tamil Women Tea Estate Workers"
  • Walters, J., "In the Letter and the Spirit: Pastoral Role of the Buddhist Monk in Sri Lanka"
  • Wiener, J., "Fundamentalist Buddhism and Protestant Buddhism"
    • Adams, B. (ISLE 95)
      "Fish Tales: Life in a Migratory Fishing Camp"
    • Brown, D. (ISLE 85)
      "Mahawelli Radio Community: The Role that Radio Can Play in Development"
    • Brown, E. (ISLE 83)
      "Indian Tamil Laborers on the Tea Plantations: An Alienated Society"
    • Brown, J. (ISLE 95)
      "Buddhism and Modern Science"
    • Leavitt, B. (ISLE 86)
      "Something's Fishy Going on in Dondra"