Rudhramoorthy Cheran is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology at the University of Windsor. Cheran teaches in the areas of migration, national and ethnic conflicts, transnationalism, diaspora studies and globalization. The recipient of several research awards, his current research focuses on the role of peace builders and alternate forms of governance by nations without states in Myanmar, Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Cheran has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from the University of Jaffna, an MA in Political Sociology from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands and a Ph.D. in Sociology from York University in Toronto. Cheran has authored/edited several scholarly publications, including, Pathways of Dissent: Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka, The Sixth Genre: Memory, History and Tamil Diaspora Imagination, and World Without Walls.  First and foremost a poet, Cheran has authored over fifteen volumes in Tamil, and his work has been translated into eight languages, including the forthcoming in English translation entitled, “In the Time of Burning.”  As a journalist for the Saturday Review in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Cheran was arrested and tortured for his work by the Sri Lankan Army.  He was one of the founding organizers of the annual Toronto Tamil Studies Conference at the University of Toronto and a founding member of the Free Media Movement in Sri Lanka.