SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Mario Arulthas

  • Research


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Mario Arulthas
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Thesis title:
Transnationalism and the Tamils – Eelam Tamil politics in the post-LTTE context
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Mario Arulthas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies. His research interests are transnationalism, nationalism, conflict, diaspora, and international relations. He worked in international advocacy related to Tamil political issues, transitional justice and human rights protection for several years, in Washington DC, New York, London, and Geneva. His roles included Advocacy Director with the US-based advocacy group, People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL). Before beginning his doctoral research at SOAS, Mario held a Human Rights Fellowship at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, City College of New York.

PhD Research

Mario’s research examines how contemporary transnationalism and nationalism is reproduced within and across different places and spaces in the absence of apex organisations or overarching institutional arrangements, with particular focus on the relations, interactions, and dynamics of connection and boundary-making that are situated in both the ‘local’ and the ‘global/international’. His case study is Eelam Tamil nationalism in the post-LTTE context.


  • Transnationalism
  • Nationalism
  • Relationalism
  • Social Movements and Networks
  • Diaspora
  • International Relations