Amita Shastri is Professor of the Department of Political Science. She is a comparativist with research and teaching interests in democracy and democratization, ethnicity and nationalism, and political economy of development; especially with reference to South Asia and Sri Lanka . She earned her doctorate in Politics (International Studies) from Jawaharlal Nehru University , New Delhi (1985). She was awarded the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1990-91; and has been Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at California Institute of Technology, University of California at Los Angeles , and University of California at Berkeley . She was a Visiting Fellow at the International Center for Ethnic Studies, Colombo ( Sri Lanka ) in 1991 and 1998, and held the University Grants Commission Research Fellowship in India , 1977-1981.
She is the editor (along with Jayadeva Uyangoda) of the recently published Political Parties in Sri Lanka: Change and Continuity (Oxford University Press-India, 2018). Her earlier publications included an edited volume (with A. Jeyaratnam Wilson) titled, The Post-Colonial States of South Asia : Democracy, Identity, Development and Security, (Curzon, 2001) and numerous research articles and book chapters. Her articles include "Ending Ethnic Civil War: The Peace Process in Sri Lanka," Commonwealth and Comparative Politics (2009); "Channelling Ethnicity: Impact of Electoral Reform in Sri Lanka," Commonwealth and Comparative Politics (2005); "The Economy in Conditions of Intense Civil War: Sri Lanka 1994-2000," in Economy, Culture, and Civil War in Sri Lanka , edited by D. Winslow and M. Woost (Indiana University Press, 2004); and "Reproducing Hegemony: The United National Party of Sri Lanka," in Political Parties in South Asia , edited by S. K. Mitra et al (Praeger, 2004).