Thomas Jayawardene

Thomas Jayawardene

Professor of Sociology
Phone: (805) 565-6783
Office Location: Deane Hall 209

Office Hours
only by appointment

Third World


  • Sociology, University of Surrey (England), 1977
  • International University for Social Studies, 1972

Selected Professional Positions:

  • Professor of Sociology, Westmont College, 1988-present
  • Associate Professor of Sociology/Behavioral Sciences, Sterling College, 1986-88
  • Professorial Fellow and Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, 1983-84
  • Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Nigeria, 1981-83
  • Academic Dean, St. Peter’s College, Sri Lanka, 1977-81
  • Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Sri Lanka, 1977-81
  • Special Adviser, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka, 1977-81
  • Assistant Professor, University of Surrey, England, 1976-77

Areas of Expertise:

  • Cross-cultural Communication Studies
  • World Religions
  • Third World Sociology

Awards and Honors:

  • Teacher of the Year Award, Social Science Division, Westmont College, 1996
  • Research Grant, Harvard University, 1983
  • Spalding Trust grant, Oxford, England, 1982
  • Pope Paul VI Award, Vatican, Rome, 1970

International Activities:

  • President, International Cardinal Henry J. Newman Scholars Association, Rome, Italy
  • Founder/Vice President, Giovani Per il Terzo Mondo (Youth for the Third World Movement), Rome, Italy
  • Associate, Mother Teresa of Calcutta Community, London

Selected Publications:

  • Crisis in Urban Decay, University Publications, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Schools and Occupational Socialization in Sri Lanka, Educational Publications, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1992.
  • Values and Work in Developing Societies, Educational Publications, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1992.