My preferred name is Nara, and I use she/her pronouns. I am a  Research Fellow at AidData and instructor in the Department of Economics at William & Mary,  a member of the Steering Group,  and a Co-Founder of Diversifying and Decolonising Economics (D-Econ).

My dissertation research was on the political economy of peace and conflict, in particular peace-building and ethnic reconciliation in conflict/post-conflict countries, where my primary case study was Sri Lanka. The work focused on subnational foreign allocation in conflict/non-conflict zones and the intersection of domestic governmental politics and international donor politics.

At Global Research Institute, I work in the AidData  lab, where I research non-traditional aid donors, such as the Gulf Countries and China particularly related to their footprints in developing countries.



Sritharan, Narayani. (2024). "Unveiling Margins: Women, Caste, Class, and Post-War Development in Sri Lanka's North and East." In Kanchana N. Ruwanpura, Amjad Mohamed Saleem (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Sri Lanka (1st ed., pp. 194-206). Routledge.

Sritharan, Narayani, Asad Sami, and Ammar A. Malik. (2023). "Continuity and change in Saudi Arabia’s Development and Humanitarian Aid." Third World Quarterly.

Sritharan, Narayani. (2023). "A Comparative Study of Traditional Donors and Non-traditional Donors in Sri Lanka." Orbis 67.4 : 579-604.

Policy analysis

Samantha Custer, Bryan Burgess, Jonathan A. Solis, Narayani Sritharan, and Divya Mathew. "Beijing’s Big Bet on the Philippines: Decoding two decades of China’s financing for development." AidData. - Link

Sritharan, Narayani and Peter Rizkillah. "Navigating Sinophobia Amid Indonesia's Economic Ascent." 9Dashline. - Link

Sritharan, Narayani, Kritika Jothishankar, and Sarah Wozniak. "The Great Himalayan Chessboard: China, India, and the Geopolitical Gambit Nepal". Foreign Policy Research Institute. - Link

Carpenter, Charli, Jaeye Baek, Catie Fowler, Isha Mahajan, Jenna Norosky, Nara Sritharan, Imtashal Tariq, Caroline Williams. "Rethinking America's Women, Peace & Security Agenda in Afghanistan". Human Security Lab Briefing Note #2. 2022. - Link

Christensen, Lars, Narayani Sritharan. "EM Bond Snapshot".  Danske Bank Market Research. Sep 2013 - Link

Christensen, Lars, Narayani Sritharan. "EMEA Weekly".  Danske Bank Market Research. Sep 2013 - Link

OpEds and Blogposts

Tasler, Timmy and Narayani Sritharan. "Why Haven’t Sanctions Stopped Atrocities in Myanmar?".  InkStick Media. 2024. - Link

Sritharan, Narayani. "Beyond Military Might: Rethinking the Trilateral Summit’s Approach to Regional Security". InkStick Media. 2024. - Link

Sarah Wozniak and Narayani Sritharan. "Perceptions vs. Realities: Discordant Narratives on China’s Footprint in Zimbabwe". InkStick Media. 2023. -Link

Kritika Jothishankar and Narayani Sritharan. "The Indo-Pacific is the Theater for The US and China’s High-Stakes Diplomacy". InkStick Media. 2023. - Link

Sritharan, Narayani and Jeffrey Crittenden. " Saudi Arabia is Trying to Use Sports to Repair Its Reputation". InkStick Media. 2023. - Link

Sritharan, Narayani and Yining Li. "Millions of Displaced Ukrainians Need more Financial Support". InkStick Media. 2023. - Link

Sritharan, Narayani. "Using GIS to mapping to reframe post-conflict aid distribution - Sri Lanka as a case study".  Security in Context. 2021.- Link

YouTube content

Narayani Sritharan interviews Dr. Ryan Briggs for Security in Context: "Does Aid Target the Poorest with Dr. Ryan Briggs" - Link

Narayani Sritharan discusses "The Belt and Road's Impact on Partner States" at the Wilson Center. An event put together by the Foreign Policy Research Institute. - Link 


Sritharan, Narayani. "Unveiling Margins: Women, Caste, Class and Post-War Development in Sri Lanka's North and East". (book chapter)

Horigoshi, Ana and Narayani Sritharan. "Uncovering African Leaders' Perceptions of China's Belt and Road Initiative".  (book chapter)

Under Review

Sritharan, Narayani. "How Public Opinions about the Central Government can Affect Reconciliation Processes in Postwar Countries – Evidence from Sri Lanka."

Sritharan, Narayani, and Yining Li. "Countering the Impact of Conflict: An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Remittances on Investment and Consumption for Internally Displaced Households" 

Sritharan, Narayani, and Kritika Jothishankar. "Money Talks: How Remittances Contribute to Wealth Creation in Post-Conflict Communities". 

Work in Progress

Jonathan A. Solis, Narayani Sritharan, and Sarah Wozniak. "Shaping Perceptions: Chinese Aid, Media Freedom, and Public Attitudes Toward China in Developing Nations". 

Horigoshi, Ana and Narayani Sritharan. "Aid and Corruption". 

Sritharan, Narayani, and Magnus Lundgren. "The Impact of terrorist designations on Aid Allocation: Exploiting a Natural Experiment in Yemen"

Mary C. Fabrizio, Vaskar Nepal, Troy D. Tuckey, Rahul Ranjan, Hemanta Dhakal, David Edds, Kunwar Singh, Patton Burchett, Sapana Lohani, Narayani  Sritharan, Ammar Malik, and Krishna Paudel. "Hurdles and Opportunities for Conservation of Fish Biodiversity in Nepal."