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Alumna Ruwanpura publishes book

“Matrilineal Communities, Patriarchal Realities: A Feminist Nirvana Uncovered,” by Kanchana N. Ruwanpura '93, was recently published by University of Michigan Press.

After receiving her degree, magna cum laude in economics, Ruwanpura earned a master's from the University of Notre Dame, MPhil in Development Studies from Darwin College and a Ph.D. from Newnham College, both at the University of Cambridge, England. A former member of the HWS economics department faculty, is now on the faculty at the School of Geography at Southampton, England.

The book is a study of Muslim, Sinhala, and Tamil households in Sri Lanka that examines the commonality of the patriarchal structures and economic problems in such households.