Field: Tibetan Buddhism and Sino-Tibetan History
Advisor: Gray Tuttle
Email: palden.gyal@columbia.edu

Palden Gyal is a doctoral student in Sino-Tibetan history and Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Duke University (NC) and an M.A. in philosophy of religion and Buddhist studies from Harvard Divinity School (MA). Palden’s research interests lie broadly at the intersections of religion, ethics, and political philosophy. His dissertation project focuses on the practices of governance, the political and institutional history of Tibetan communities in the Sino-Tibetan borderlands from the 18th to the 20th century.