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McGranahan, Carole Associate Professor


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  • I am a cultural anthropologist and historian specializing in contemporary Tibet. My research focuses on issues of colonialism and empire, history and memory, power and politics, refugees and citizenship, nationalism, senses of belonging, gender, war, and anthropology as theoretical storytelling. Since 1994, I have conducted research in Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal on the history and politics of the guerilla army Chushi Gangdrug, culminating in my 2010 book Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Histories of a Forgotten War. Thinking of 20th-21st century Tibetan histories and experiences as imperial in a global sense is a key part of my work in relation to the CIA, British India, and the People's Republic of China. My work on Tibet as “out-of-bounds” empire can be found in my co-edited book Imperial Formations. Currently, I am conducting research on citizenship with Tibetans in New York City, Toronto, India, and Nepal.


  • cultural anthropology, history, Tibet, Himalayas, history and memory, empire and colonialism, feminist studies, political anthropology, refugees and citizenship, memories of war, US empire


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