• 2015 - PhD, Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto
    2008- MA, York University 
    1999 - BA, Delhi University


  • Dr. Herath is a critical scholar and educator with a PhD in language and literacies education from OISE, University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focused on the role of second-language teachers in post-conflict reconciliation. Her doctoral work won the Outstanding dissertation recognition award offered by the Canadian Society for Teacher Education (CATE), of the Canadian Society for the Studies in Education (CSSE)and the Comparative International Education Society (CIES), Gail P Kelly Award for  Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation that addresses social justice and equity issues in an international context. She comes to us from a full-time teaching position at the Postgraduate Institute for English of the Open University of Sri Lanka where she has taught curriculum and material development, applied linguistics, socio-linguistics, teaching methodology, and research methods in applied linguistics.

Areas of Specialization

  • Second language teacher education 
  • Narrative inquiry
  • English as a Second/Additional language 
  • Qualitative approaches to second language research 

Research Interests

  • Arts based approaches to identity research 
  • Post conflict reconciliation 
  • Critical action research and teacher development 
  • Teacher preparation for diversity