Dr. Ananda Guruge, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies
Dr. Ananda W.P. Guruge, teaches part time in the Department of Religious Studies and retired as Special Assistant to the President. He was also formerly the Director of Religious Studies, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Director of the International Academy of Buddhism at UWest. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Ceylon.
Dr. Guruge has authored more than 40 books, including a biography of King Asoka entitled Asoka the Righteous: A Definitive Biography and What in Brief is Buddhism? and over 150 research papers. A former Sri Lankan Ambassador to France and to the United States, Dr. Guruge is proficient in English, Sinhala, French, Pali, Sanskrit, Tamil and Hindi.