Priyanka Jayakodi

  • Ph.D. student
  • Department Research Assistant


312 Baker Hall

Research Interests

    Medical anthropology
    Environmental anthropology
    Water governance and water justice
    Intersections of health, gender, and environment
    State violence
    Social suffering

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 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.