Rukmalie Jayakody’s research examines the nature of social changes and how social change impacts individuals, families, and communities. She is currently examining how the introduction of television changes individual attitudes and community dynamics using a randomized experiment that introduces television to Treatment villages but not to Control villages in remote areas of Vietnam. She is particularly interested in mixed-methods research using mutually reinforcing qualitative and quantitative data.

Research Interests

International Population Health; Community Randomized Trials; The Impacts of Developmetn on Culture Change, Socail Change and Families; Mixed Methods Research; The Impact of Poverty on Child Devlopment


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan, 1996
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1992
  • M.S.W, Social Work- Social Policy and Evaluation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1991
  • B.A., Sociology, Boston College, 1989