Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Nayana Abeysinghe

Mellon Fellow

Contact Info


  • B.A., University of California, Irvine, French, 1996
  • M.A., Columbia University, French, 2001
  • M.Phil., Columbia University, French, 2003
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, French, 2009

Academic Experience

  • Mellon Fellow, Tulane University, 2011-
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2009-2011
  • Lecturer, Alliance Française de Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2009
  • Visiting Assitant Professor, State University of New York, New Paltz, 2007-2008
  • Adjunct Faculty, State University of New York, New Paltz, 2007
  • Teaching Fellow and Head of Course, Columbia University, 1998-2006
  • Instructor, University of California, Irvine, 1996-1997

Research & Teaching Specializations: Francophone Caribbean Literature; Diaspora & Trasnational Studies

Related Experience

  • Research Assistant, Columbia University, 1999-2000
  • Member, “Transnational and Transcolonial Caribbean Studies Research Seminar”
  • Member, Modern Languages Association


  • Fellow of the Faculty, Deparment of French and Roman Philology, Columbia University, 2004-2006
  • Institut D‘Études Françaises Fellow, Department of French and Romance Philology, Columbia University, 2003-2004

Languages: French, Sinhala, Spanish, Latin

Selected Publications

  • 2010. Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent (research and writing for photo book on the effects of hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and Louisiana by Mario Tama). New York: Umbrage.
  • 2009. “Looking History in the Eye: Sex, Memory and Domien Subjectivity in Gisèle Pineau’s Chair Piment.” Tiresias: Culture, Politics and Critical Theory. 3 (April 2009). University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 2003. “Shattered Pasts, Fractured Selves: Trauma and Memory in Désirada.” Romanic Review. 94: 3-4 (May-Nov 2003). Columbia University, New York.



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Hermes Mallea presenting Great Houses of Havana

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Hermes Mallea presenting Great Houses of Havana: A Century of Cuban Style
An insider’s tour of Havana’s exceptional houses built between 1860 and 1960 and their fascinating personal histories, alongside Havana’s architectural patrimony.

Lecture at 6:00 PM and book signing at 7:30 PM.
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This presentation is sponsored by the NOHHF in collaboration with the New Orleans Museum of Art, Beatriz Ball, JW Marriott, Jahncke & Burns Architects, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, Ileana and José Suquet, Tulane School of Architecture-Master of Preservation Studies and Tulane University-Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute