Assistant Professor of James Madison College and College of Agriculture and Natural resources
Dr. Hashini Galhena Dissanayake received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Trade from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. She then joined the Master of Science program in the Department of Agricultural Economics and proceeded to pursue a Ph.D. from the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University. Dr. Galhena Dissanayake is currently an Assistant Professor at MSU with James Madison College and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her research interest lies in the socioeconomic impacts of new agricultural innovations in developing countries. She has conducted research and human and institution capacity development activities related to this topic in a number of countries in Asia and Africa and has worked in projects funded by USDA, USAID, and Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation. She won the Homer Higbee International Education Award in 2013.
Her project is to innovate and reimagine content for e-learning for a course focusing on applied international development which will facilitate students from multiple colleges access to a course that explores key themes in international development, provides critical theoretical knowledge, and develops transferable applied skills.