Field: Tibetan and Chinese History
Advisors: Gray Tuttle and Jacob Dalton (UC Berkeley)
Constantine is a PhD student on the History-East Asia track. His research focuses on constructing an historical narrative of Tibetan public ritual performance in Inner and East Asia, particularly for the monastic masked dance called ‘chams. He is interested in the role of monastic fairs and festivals associated with these public rituals and their effect on economic activity in the region. He received an MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch where he focused his thesis on the agency of “thought-forms” in Tibetan meditative ritual, particularly gcod. Most recently, he received an MA in Tibetan Studies from EALAC at Columbia. His thesis explored the Mongolian and Manchu adoption of the ‘chams ritual during the time of the Qing empire.