Priyanka Jayakodi

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant


406 Baker Hall

Research Interests

    Medical Anthropology; Environmental Anthropology; Feminist Anthropology; Toxicity; Political Ecology; Water; State Violence; Social Suffering; Experimental Ethnography & Writing

Biographical Info

I am a Sociocultural Anthropology Ph.D. student specializing in medical and environmental anthropology. My Ph.D. dissertation will examine the social and political aspects of water insecurity in the context of Chronic Kidney Disease of uncertain etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka. I am also interested in studying how state violence and militarization in Sri Lanka affect the health and well-being of marginalized communities. I obtained my BA and MA in Sociology from the University of Peradeniya. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program in Anthropology at MSU, I worked as an adjunct instructor at Montclair State University (New Jersey) and the Open University of Sri Lanka.


Gajasinghe, K., & Jayakodi, P. (2022). Examining relationships between religious and linguistic nationalism in a recent controversy surrounding the Sri Lankan national anthem. English Teaching: Practice & Critique, 21(3), 307-319.
Dept. of Anthropology