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Michael L. Ratnapalan
  • Associate Professor of History
  • Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
  • Ph.D. History, University of London
  • M.A. in Cultural History, University of London
  • B.A. History, University of York

Email: lmratna@yonsei.ac.kr
Tel: 032 749 3006
Office: Veritas Hall B435


 I am a modern intellectual and cultural historian interested in religion, culture, and identity.


Ph.D. in History, University of London
M.A. in Cultural History, University of London
B.A. in History, University of York

Courses and Current Research Areas

Courses currently taught

World History 1 (Modern World Survey, c. 1890-2000)
World History 2 (Britain and the World in the Nineteenth Century)

Current research interests

My current research areas are religion in the development of nineteenth century anthropology, the relationship between Anglicanism and the British Commonwealth, and the interaction of Christian thought with the humanities in early twentieth century Germany. 

Selected Publications

L. M. Ratnapalan, 'Science and Politics in the Hawaiian Kingdom: The Progress of the Honolulu Social Science Association, 1882-1887', Journal of Pacific History (2018)

L. M. Ratnapalan, 'Another British World? Tamils, Empire, and Mobility', Britain and the World 10, 1 (March 2017).

L. M. Ratnapalan, 'Britain and the Politics of Ceylon, 1948-61', Historical Journal (March 2016)

L. M. Ratnapalan, ‘“Why disgrace the Commonwealth?” The Sri Lankan language crisis and the politics of a transnational organization’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 44, 2 (2016)

L. M. Ratnapalan, ‘Before and after 1983: the impact of theorizing Sri Lankan migration history around the 1983 Colombo riots’, South Asia 37, 2 (2014)

Laavanyan M. Ratnapalan, ‘Sereno Bishop, Robert Louis Stevenson and “Americanism” in Hawai‘i’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 40, 3 (2012)

Laavanyan M. Ratnapalan and David Reggio, ‘Erwin Straus and the pathic’, History of Psychiatry 23, 3 (2012)

Laavanyan M. Ratnapalan, ‘Memories of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka among immigrant Tamils in the UK’, Ethnic and Racial Studies 35, 9 (2012)

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