faculty

Thomas Jayawardene, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology
(805) 565-6783

Office Location

Deane Hall 204

Office Available

Dr. Thomas Jayawardene will be retiring this summer after 32 years of service to the Westmont community. 

 

Specialization(s)

Third World Studies

Research Interests: Youth employment, unemployment and terrorism, cross-cultural communication studies, sociology of world religions, inequality and global development, sociology of education
 

Biography/Details

Dr. Jayawardene earned a doctorate in sociology at the University of Surrey (England), a doctorate at the International University for Social Studies (Rome), a doctorate at the Goethe Institute, Munich, (Germany), and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and a Licentiate in Philosophy at the Pontifical Urban University (Rome). He came to Westmont in 1988 after teaching at Indiana/Purdue Universities, Harvard, University of Nigeria, St. Peter’s College (Sri Lanka), University of Sri Lanka and University of Surrey. His awards and grants include: Teacher of the Year at Westmont, grants from Oxford and Harvard, Pope Paul VI Award from the Vatican, and Goethe Scholar in Germany. He co-founded the Children of Joy Orphanage in Sri Lanka and has been involved in numerous international charitable organizations.