Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Pamudu Tennakoon

PhD Candidate in History of Art & Architecture
Summer Fellow 2021, 2023
Project Title: Decolonization and Ruination: Archival Research in the UK

Pamudu is a fifth year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and an MA in the Department of Anthropology, through Brown University's Open Graduate Education program. Pamudu received her B.A from Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in Growth and Structure of Cities and Fine Arts (Sculpture), and an M.Phil from the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Pamudu's dissertation titled Decolonization and Ruination: Rewriting Colonial Architecture in Contemporary Colombo and Singapore, investigates the place of colonial architecture in contemporary societies and aims to provide an understanding of the tangible and concrete ways in which the people in the cities of Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Singapore understand, rewrite, and negotiate their identities in relation to their British colonial pasts.