Celebrating 20 Years of Modern Tibetan Studies

More than two decades ago, a novel idea was born – to bring a contemporary focus to Tibetan studies. Upon its establishment in fall 1999, the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University became the first academic program dedicated to modern Tibet. Twenty years later, we step back to survey the achievements of the Program and its unique contribution to the study of modern Asia, with an eye to the future.


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June 15, 2020

Columbia alum, Benno Weiner, publishes first book

In The Chinese Revolution on the Tibetan Frontier, Benno Weiner provides the first in-depth study of an ethnic minority region during the first decade of the People's Republic of China: the Amdo region in the Sino-Tibetan borderland. Employing previously inaccessible local archives as well as other rare primary sources, he demonstrates that the Communist Party's goal in 1950s Amdo was not just state- building, but also nation-building.

May 15, 2020

Dr. Eveline Washul named Associate Research Scholar and Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program

Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eveline Washul to Associate Research Scholar and Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program.  She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and Tibetan Studies from Indiana University in 2018. Her research methods combine ethnography with Tibetan historical sources from the 12th to 20th centuries.

Selected Publications

Prayer wheels on cover

The Tibetan History Reader

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Kurtis Schaeffer
Cover with painting of mountains

Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change

Lauran R. Hartley
Patricia Schiaffini-Vedani
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Sources of Tibetan Tradition

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Kurtis Schaeffer
Matthew T. Kapstein
Cover of Benno Weiner's book

The Chinese Revolution on the Tibetan Frontier

Benno Weiner