Nilakshi Parndigamage joined the Provost’s Office in 2020 and works with the Provost on planning and implementing academic initiatives at Yale. From 2016-2020, Nilakshi served as the Dean of Ezra Stiles College, one of fourteen undergraduate residential colleges at Yale. She also served as a lecturer of Political Science and taught a popular course on Wrongful Convictions which explored criminal justice reform approaches in the United States and abroad. She has served as a member of the Yale Undergraduate Admissions Committee and the secretary to the Yale College Committee on Majors and has worked closely with students, faculty, and administrators in Yale College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Prior to joining Yale, Nilakshi practiced as an associate attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. She has also worked as a human rights attorney and has conducted research and advocacy work in Baghdad, Washington, D.C., the Hague, Cape Town, and Colombo. She is a Senior Fellow of the Humanity in Action Human Rights Organization, a fellow of Ezra Stiles College, and an advisory board member to Yale’s Asian-American Cultural Center. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia and B.A. from Yale College.