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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Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or