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
ANTH 2100 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Covers current theories in cultural anthropology and discusses the nature of field work. Explores major schools of thought and ethnographic fieldwork in a range of cultures studied by anthropologists. Required for Anthropology majors.
ANTH 4690 - Anthropology of Tibet
Explores the culture of Tibet in both historical and thematic manners, considering the long-term development of Tibetan cultural practices and institutions as well as many of the abrupt changes introduced to Tibet in the 20th century. Topics covered include region, politics, gender, warfare, poetry and literature, and life under Chinese rule and as refugees around the world. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2100.
ANTH 7620 - Seminar: Ethnography and Cultural Theory
Explores how ethnographic writing has evolved over the past century to incorporate different forms of cross-cultural representation and to accommodate new theoretical paradigms. Includes ethnographic authority and reflexivity, as well as embedded theories and blurred genres of cultural research.