Rudhramoorthy Cheran

Dr. Rudhramoorthy CheranRudhramoorthy Cheran, PhD
Associate Professor

Office: 260-1 CHS
Telephone: 519-253-3000 ext. 2194

Winter 2019 on Sabbatical

Research and Teaching Areas

Development, Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations, Migration and Immigration

Recent Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Race and Ethnicity (48-240) at the second year level
  • Race and Racism in Canada (48-241) at the second year level
  • Social Movements (48-327) at the third year level
  • Advanced Seminar on Race and Ethnicity (48-422) at the fourth year level
  • Culture and Globalization (48-669) at the MA and PhD level


  • PhD, York University (2000), Sociology
  • MA, Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands (1989), Development Studies
  • BSc, University of Jaffna (1984), Natural Science

Recent and Key Publications

Books Authored

  • Citizenship, Ethnicity and Governance in Myanmar, (2015)
  • Homeland Conflicts In the Shadow of 9/11: A Canada Sri Lanka Nexus, (University of British Columbia Press, 2014), 300 pp
  • Empowering Diasporas: Dynamics of post-war Tamil Transnational Politics, (Berghof Foundation for Peace Support, Berlin, 2012)

Books Edited

  • Beyond Nations: Diasporas, Transnational Communities and Global Engagement, ed. by Cheran, R., 2012, 295 pp
  • World Without Walls: Being Human;being Tamil, ed. by R. Cheran, Dalbir Singh and Chelva Kanaganayakam, Toronto South Asian Review Publishers (TSAR), 2011
  • Pathways of Dissent:Tamil Nationalisms in Sri Lanka, ed. by Cheran, R., Sage, 2009, 359 pp

Chapters in Books

  • "Tamil Diaspora and transnational engagement in Canada", Cheran, R, in Reeves, Peter, Encyclopadia of Sri Lankan Diasporas, (National University of Singapore, 2012)
  • "Pathways of dissent:An Introduction to Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka", Cheran, R, in Cheran, R (eds), (Sage, 2009)

Books - Other

  • Healing the Forest, ed. by Cheran, Rudhramoorthy, Kalachuvadu, Nagerkoil, India, 2010, 120 pp

Articles in Refereed/Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Cheran. R. Moving money, Making nations:Remittances to Conflict Zones in Sri Lanka, South Asian Journal of Culture, 3: 21 pp, 2014

Articles in Refereed/Peer-Reviewed Conference, Symposia. Roundtable, Proceedings and Publications

  • Cheran, R. Alternative forms of governance and post war societies, Global Resilience Innovation Platform Summit (GRIP), 2013
  • Cheran, R. From Libricide to Genocide, 2013
  • Cheran, R. and McGilvray, Dennis, From Sacred Baths to Stretch Limos: Tamil Puberty Celebrations In Sri Lanka and Canada, COMING OF AGE IN THE 21CENTURY: FEMALE PUBERTY RITES REVISITED, 2013
  • Cheran, R. Sustaining peace Processes in South Asia, Peace and Conflict transformation in South Asia, 2012
  • Cheran, R. Transnational Governance and Challenges to Sovereignty, 2012
  • Cheran, R. Diasporic Representations: Migration and Literature, International Tamil Diaspora conference, 2011
  • Cheran, R. Transnational Governance and Tamil Daspora politics, Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World, 2011
  • Cheran, R. 'Shared Histories and Contested Spaces: Rethinking Territoriality in South Asia', University of Dibrugarh, India conference on Territoriality in South Asia, 2010
  • Cheran, R. "Transnational Imagery: Articulating a Poetics for Diasporic Tamil Literature", Creative Presents conference, 2010

Current Grants

As Principal Investigator

  • IDRC (2013-2016). $484,000

As Co-Investigator

  • SSHRC (2008-2015). $21,000,000


  • Faculty Award, Organization of Part time University Students (OPUS), 2014
  • English Pen, Freedom to Write Award, 2013
  • Most Outstanding Academic Achievement, Canadian Tamil Chamber of Commerce (CTCC), 2013
  • Most Outstanding Academic Professional and Volunteer Service Award, International Language Program, Peel District School Board, Ontario, 2013
  • Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto , and Tamil Literary Garden, Toronto, International Award for best collection of poetry, 2007
  • University of Windsor Award for Excellence in Research, 2006
  • MacLean Hunter Award, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, 1999
  • Human Rights Witness Award, Rights and Democracy, Montreal, 1998
  • National Award for Best Collection of Poems, Sri Lanka, 1994
  • Centre for Refugee Studies Fellowship, York University, 1993
  • Distinction for Best master's Thesis, ISS, The Netherlands, 1989

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Tamil Studies Committee, New College, University of Toronto
  • Research Affliate, Centre for Excellence in Research in Immigration and Settlement (CERIS)
  • External faculty Associate, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
  • Senior Visiting Research Fellow, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2014-2015, Member of the Academic Advisory Committee, International Association of Tamil research, Kualalumpur, Malaysia