- BA, Anthropology, Reed College, 2012
I am broadly interested in the political ecology of environmental conservation, development, and “natural” resource usage on the Tibetan Plateau.
For my dissertation research, I aim to explore the conjunctures of Tibetan environmentalism and its interplay with state-initiated developmental and environmental initiatives. Locating my work in the pastoral areas of Kham and Amdo in Qinghai Province, western China, I take multisited ethnography as an approach to comprehend the ways space, personhood, nature-culture constructs, and livelihoods are (re)imagined and (re)produced when pastoral landscapes are transformed into nature reserves and national parks.A large part of my academic career is concerned with making research “useful” for the communities I work with, I thus aspire to turn research into policy recommendations for the state policy makers and NGOs in Tibet. I hope that my work plays its small role in bridging dialogue and practical engagement between local communities and state institutions in terms of cultivating effective environmental and developmental programs.