Department ofHistory

Tashi Namgyal

Tashi Namgyal

108 Weaver Building

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 865-1367


M.A., George Washington University
B.A., University of Madras


Tashi Namgyal is a doctoral candidate in modern history of Tibet and China at the Department of History at Penn State University. His research interests broadly center on the transregional history of Tibet through its interactions with China, and the polities in trans-Himalaya and Inner Asia, as well as the history of Tibet’s contacts with the Western world since the early modern period.

Tashi is currently working on a dissertation that examines the life of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama Thupten Gyatso (1876-1933). He uses the Thirteenth Dalai Lama’s life as a lens in analyzing Tibet’s social, political, and cultural changes from the late nineteenth century into early twentieth century,

Prior to his doctoral studies at Penn State, Tashi earned an M.A. in International Affairs specializing in Asian Studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Journalism from University of Madras.


David Atwill & Kate Merkel-Hess

Research Interests:

Late Imperial & Modern China, Sino-Tibetan History, Transnational History, Early Modern Global, Ethnicity & Borderlands, Social History, Cultural History