Naren Kumarakulasingam

Lecturer of Peace and Conflict Studies

Naren Kumarakulasingam


BA, University of Texas, 1997

PhD, American University, 2010

Scholarly and Professional Activities:

Associate Editor, Journal of Narrative Politics (2015-present)

Member, Best Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, Global Development Section, International Studies Association (2015-2017)

Executive Committee Member, Global South Caucus, International Studies Association (2011-2012)

Research Areas:

Global politics of mass atrocity and social repair; Decolonial and post-colonial international relations; South Asian politics; Social histories of indigenous plants; Narrative writing, auto-ethnography

Courses Taught:

  • PACS 611 - Reconciliation
  • PACS 620 - Special Topics: Encountering Durable Violations


Dr. Kumarakulasingam’s work explores the world-making capacities of marginalized actors in contexts of massive violence. One line of scholarship examines the lived experience of atrocity in postcolonial societies as a site for rethinking globalized notions of redress, repair, and transgression. A second, undertaken in collaboration with Mvuselelo Ngcoya (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban), engages with the life-worlds that sustain the cultivation of indigenous plants in South Africa. His research interests include political violence, global justice, colonialism and decolonization, postcolonial nationalism, food sovereignty and narrative writing.

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