Kristin Buhrow

Education

  • MA, Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, University of Oxford
  • BS, Anthropology, Clemson University
  • BA, Mandarin Chinese, Clemson University

Research

I am interested in political anthropology and the intentional construction of cultural heritage for political purposes. Having spent significant amounts of time in China and Tibet over the last five years, I have observed the significant expansion of a tourism industry in which theatrical demonstrations of Tibet’s intangible cultural heritage are funded by the Chinese government. My proposed doctoral research focuses on the effects of publicly funded and politically shaped cultural heritage performance on local populations and heritage performers. Interested in the balance of public and private life and the changes to cultural identity wrought by these performances, my research operates at the nexus of political anthropology, anthropology of theater and image, cultural heritage tourism, and political economy. I hold a Master of Philosophy in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from the University of Oxford, where I studied as a fully-funded Ertegun Graduate Scholar of the Humanities, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in Mandarin Chinese from Clemson University.
I currently live in Columbia, South Carolina, where I work remotely as a Content Specialist for the University of Virginia’s Tibet Center and tutor in writing at Midlands Technical College. In my spare time, I teach taekwondo at Legacy Martial Arts and practice Bharatanatyam classical dance.

Advisor: Dr. Knauft