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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

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


I am an intellectual and cultural historian whose major area of teaching and research is Western religion and culture after 1800.


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

On sabbatical leave 2019-2020.

Current research interests

I am writing an intellectual history about the later writings of Robert Louis Stevenson exploring the relationship between the expansion of Pacific Islands Christianity and the Victorian “crisis of faith”.

Selected Publications

L M Ratnapalan, ‘“The greater Issue of Light against Darkness”: Sereno Edwards Bishop and the Hawaiian Islands, 1827-1909’, Journal of Religious History, 43, 1 (2019)

L. M. Ratnapalan, 'Science and Politics in the Hawaiian Kingdom: The Progress of the Honolulu Social Science Association, 1882-1887', Journal of Pacific History 53, 2 (2018)

L. M. Ratnapalan, 'Britain and the Politics of Ceylon, 1948-61', Historical Journal 59, 2 (2016)

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